Redwood City Launches Community Planning Partnership to Reimagine Veterans Memorial Senior Center Campus

All Welcome at October 5 Community Meeting

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — The City of Redwood City, in conjunction with the YMCA of Silicon Valley (YMCA), is pleased to announce an upcoming community meeting to share proposals to rebuild or renovate the Veterans Memorial Senior Center (VMSC), and to add a new YMCA to Red Morton Park. At the meeting, representatives from the City and the YMCA will solicit comments and answer questions from residents. Two proposals will be presented at the meeting – one to renovate and expand the existing VMSC and another to take down the building and rebuild.

Modernizing the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center and YMCA, whether by rebuild or renovation, is a long-planned project that will enhance the community’s fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. Redwood City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services manages the current facilities and has completed studies that show the buildings are at maximum capacity and in need of major repairs and accessibility upgrades. The project includes a campus of buildings and spaces including the Veterans Memorial building, Herkner Pool, Wellness Center (Old 49er Building), Resource Building (City Administration and Senior Center Gift Shop), and the NFL Alumni building. The improvements will enable Redwood City to evolve and meet the growing needs of current and future residents, and are vital to the continued livability of the community.

The decision-making process for this project is at a very early stage and the public’s input is encouraged.

By fostering this public-private partnership, the City along with the YMCA will leverage its unique strengths to better meet the long-term recreational, health, and social needs of the Redwood City community and promote the City’s strategic initiative of attaining “a Community for All Ages.”

“The City’s goal is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all ages, inspire healthy and active living, enhance volunteer opportunities, and promote multi-generational connections,” explained Aaron Aknin, interim city manager of Redwood City. “The decision of whether to rebuild or renovate these facilities is an important one – and deserves thoughtful consideration. Redwood City is intent on honoring the community’s attachment to these spaces and recognizes the role they play in residents’ lives.”

The public meeting and open house will take place on October 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Redwood Room located at 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. The formal presentation runs from 6:30 – 7 p.m. with an informal open house and break-out sessions to follow. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the project team, including City staff, YMCA staff, and project architects.

As the project evolves, updates will be provided at the City’s community facility project webpage: http://www.redwoodcity.org/facilitiesimprovements

About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter.

About Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services
Redwood City’s PRCS Department provides people of all ages in the community great public spaces and outstanding programs that give them great reasons to stay and play for a lifetime. The department provides quality in all its programs and accountability in its fiscal management to provide excellent and affordable recreation that invites the whole community to come out and play.

About the YMCA of Silicon Valley
The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y’s mission is to strengthen their community by improving the quality of life and inspiring individuals and families to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

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