The Woodbridge Senior Center seemed to be the place to be judging by the number of people who recently attended the Center’s 30th Anniversary on Sept. 16, 2013.
The Center’s original mission when it opened in September of 1983 was to provide a hot, nutritious lunch with separate rooms to host arts, crafts, reading, cards and medical exams. Early on, people started asking for line dancing classes. During the 30th anniversary celebration, students of the present-day line dancing classes performed to at least a half dozen country songs and got a good bit of rowdy applause for their efforts.
These days recreational activities at the senior center include Zumba, yoga, fitness, fall prevention exercise, art and digital devices classes along with the line dancing instruction. “We’re just so excited to have been here at this facility for 30 years with all these wonderful activities for people 55 and older,” said Courtney Tierney, the Director of the Area Agency on Aging.
“For 30 years, it’s been the center for a lot of recreational programs,” said Ray Beverage, Chairman of the Prince William Commission on Aging. “We have a full schedule. The menus are excellent. They try to accommodate diets as best as they can. The Meals-on-Wheels operation for the east end of the County is run out of here.” Last year, 119 volunteers delivered 18,479 Meals-on-Wheels.
It cost roughly $605,000 to build the 7,200-square-foot Center in 1982. Adjusted for inflation, the Center would now cost roughly $1.73 million to build. That same year, there were 5,400 senior citizens living in the County. Now there are more than 40,000 seniors living in the County. Today, more than 1,000 Prince William County seniors are members of the two centers.