Santa to celebrate senior center opening

SUWANEE - Decades ago, Loretta Roberts opened her home so Suwanee residents would be able to enjoy their golden years.

After outgrowing Roberts' house, a church hall and a classroom, the Suwanee Prime Timers finally got a new home - Prime Timers Pointe at the new community center at George Pierce Park.

"These type projects allow us to age gracefully," said Teresa Chappell, with the federal Housing and Urban Development agency. "It adds a new dimension to what life is like in this country."

The $6.8 million construction project was funded by the county sales tax as well as a $1.5 million HUD grant.

The lavish facility, which is only the second senior recreation center in the county, boasts a billiards hall with an open fireplace and an art studio along with the county's second SeniorNet classroom.

In the national organization, seniors help other seniors learn to use computers, but classes won't commence in Suwanee until the organization raises enough money for the technology.

"We can now say this park offers something for everyone, from the very young at the play ground, to the young at heart at Prime Timers Pointe," Commissioner Lorraine Green said.

Officials will continue a celebration of the new 16,000-square-foot community center and 9,500-square-foot senior center today.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children can enjoy puppet and magic shows, train rides, face painting and temporary tattoos. Kids can pose for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will tell stories about life at the North Pole.