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Montgomery County Recreation Opens Senior Center in Wheaton

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 24, 2020

The newest Montgomery County Senior Center is officially open at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley on Friday, Jan. 24, highlighted the significance of the County’s seventh senior center, which is located within the state-of-the-art Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center complex.

“Our 55 plus community is diverse and growing,” said County Executive Elrich. “The senior population represents 28 percent of our population and it is important that we provide a broad range of opportunities for people to engage, stay active, be lifelong learners and socialize with their friends. It is important to provide this type of programming for active adults in Wheaton and around the County.”

Elrich toured the Wheaton facility and its senior programming, including pickleball matches and the senior nutrition program.

Riley said there is more to come as the senior programming is just ramping up.

“Montgomery County Recreation provides residents of all ages with opportunities to stay healthy and active,” said Riley. “We are excited to begin programming at the Wheaton Senior Center and look forward to offering a robust schedule of programs and activities geared to our residents that are 55 or older.”

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, who could not attend the dedication, but was instrumental in launching the center, said it will be an important facility for Wheaton.

“The greater Wheaton-Glenmont community, especially the growing and diverse senior population that lives here, benefits greatly from activities that improve physical, cognitive and emotional health,” said Councilmember Navarro. “That is why I was proud to champion the special appropriation at the Council to fund senior programming in Wheaton and promote a stronger, healthier, age-friendlier, and more inclusive community for all. I am grateful for the advocacy done by my constituents on this issue and look forward to the great success that this newly-launched Wheaton Senior Center will bring.”

Montgomery County senior centers are full-service facilities that are open five to six days a week. The centers offer a variety of activities including travel programs, health and wellness programs and services, a weekday lunch program, recreation programs, information and referral assistance, volunteer opportunities and exercise and fitness facilities.

In addition to Wheaton, the County’s senior centers include Damascus, Holiday Park, Long Branch, Margaret Schweinhaut, North Potomac and White Oak.

For more information about Montgomery County Recreation senior centers, visit the MoCoRec website or call 240-777-4925.

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Release ID: 20-026
Media Contact: Carmen Berrios Martinez 240-777-6875