Lessie B. Price Senior and Youth Center opens in Aiken after years of planning

Ribbon cut on new senior & youth center in Aiken

AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - There was a large turn out Wednesday for the ribbon cutting and opening of the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior and Youth Center.

This building was named in honor of Aiken City Councilwoman, Leslie B. Price who has been serving her community for decades. When Price was found out the building would be named after her she said, “I’m grateful, I’m thankful, but I’m still quite surprised.”

Betty Myers, President of Toole Hill, expressed her excitement of the long overdue building. “You just see peace, happiness, and I know we are going to enjoy it.”

Community members in the Toole Hill area have worked tirelessly for years to get the community center of their dreams.

“This all came about through a vote on the ballot 15 years ago for this to become a capital sales tax project and the community has been waiting there have been many design plans that have changed for this facility but at last we’re here,” Price said.

“We waited for this so long and nothing could be named any better than Lessie Price,” said Myers.

The center is an effort to bring the community together, no matter the age. Price promised this center over a decade ago and has stood firm on her word, but she says it was a team effort.

“It’s been the work of not only government itself but the community, understanding and having to say to them don’t give up, its coming, it’ll be here so it is a great feeling," Price explained.

This 12,600 square foot space will allow people to participate in a list of activities as well as hold events of their own. The most important part of the center is to bring the youth and seniors together to continue to grow a better community.

“It allows the seniors to see the changes in the youth but mean while help them remember there are some qualities you don’t want to ever forget such as manners a thank you a no thank you bur character building as well,” Price said.

There will be many classes and activities offered at the center such as: SilverSneakers, Zumba Gold, Walk with Ease, Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, and Yoga. Enrichment activities such as Bingo, Card Clubs, Brain Games, Creative Arts and craft classes will also be available.

The facility is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and for more information you can call 803-643-2181.

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