Scituate: Elders say they need new senior center

Marshfield and Duxbury, in recent years, have built excellent  senior centers and, Plymouth, will open a new senior center next to the new high school this fall. But Scituate’s senior center remains in an old building, on a side street, with nearly no parking.

The Scituate Council On Aging has tried to upgrade the town’s senior center for more than a decade. Town Meeting voted down a community center approach in 2007. More recently, Selectmen have blocked an attempt to use the former Pier 44 property as a senior center.

The Council On Aging took up the challenge again at its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

“A community is judged by how well it cares for its children and its elders,” COA Director Florence Choate said. “In Scituate, I’m proud to say we do a great job for the children, not so much for the elders.”

Seniors constitute one third of Scituate’s population.

The Scituate Council On Aging has identified basic criteria for a new senior center, not reaching for the quality of its regional neighbors, but basic. They need a 7,500 square-foot building with at least 60 parking spaces, three offices, a kitchen, space for programs and easy access to the soon to come GATRA bus route.

Scituate COA Board Chairman Pam Davis has called a public meeting of the COA board for Monday, June 18th to participate in the discussion of the town’s facilities master plan initial meeting at 6:25 p.m. in the Harbor Community Building, the former Pier 44.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.