, Salem, MA

March 13, 2013

Letter: Time has come to reward our seniors

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As a lifelong resident of Salem, I feel the time has come to reward our senior citizens by constructing a new senior center. Mayor Driscoll’s suggested location on the intersection of Bridge Street and Boston Street provides a logical and cost-effective approach to solving this ongoing debate. The new location will host plenty of parking, will fund itself through additional tax revenues and is in a central location in the city of Salem. Instead of delaying this project at the cost of the seniors’ enjoyment, we should embrace the opportunity and move forward on such a rewarding endeavor.

As a member of the Salem Park and Recreation Commission, I meet monthly with my peers at the current senior center. Although the current building hosts numerous programs that the people of Salem enjoy, its dilapidated condition is concerning and unfortunate. If constructed, the new senior center will serve 8,000 of Salem’s senior citizens. In addition, the building will be the new home of the Park and Recreation Department, which currently serves thousands of additional citizens of all ages with numerous programs running throughout the year.

In short, as a self-funded project that is long overdue, the proposed senior center is a win for all ages in Salem. I urge all citizens to support this project, assist in moving it forward, and take pride in our opportunity to enhance the city’s services and facilities.

James Shea