Where is the best place for an active senior adult to spend time with friends? The Ball Ground Senior Center (388 Groover Street), of course! This beautiful new facility opened its doors in 2018 and has become “the place to be” for local seniors. If you are age 60 or older, you are invited to drop by all three days the center is open: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
If you attend Senior Center activities Tuesday and Wednesday, you can have lunch with friends for only $1.50. Where else can you get a deal like that? If you prefer coming by on Thursday, you can enjoy “Coffee Talk Day” with other area seniors.
“Because the hours are shorter on Thursday, attendees designated the day to just have coffee and dessert while sharing their interests and stories of what’s happening in Ball Ground,” said Activities Coordinator Julie Arthur. “This place is all about fun, friendship, and fellowship. Coming to work here each day is my happy time.”
Regular visitors Janice, Jo Ann, Jennie, and Bob all enjoy their time at the Senior Center. Since coming to the center, each has met many people and formed new friendships that probably would not have been possible if not for this great facility.
“We have become family, and this is the greatest thing to happen to Ball Ground,” said one of the seniors.
Senior Center activities include exercising, crafts, watching movies, and guest speakers who provide valuable information on important topics.
Sgt. Kim Murphy, a recent guest speaker, spoke about self-defense and fraud/scam prevention. Author Larry Cavender hosted a Ball Ground Trivia Day, during which seniors had a great time learning about the history of Ball Ground.
Funding for the Senior Center’s construction was provided by the City of Ball Ground and a Community Development Block Grant. The City already owned the property, which was once home to the City of Ball Ground Public Works Department and Cherokee County Fire Station #2. Once the Fire and Public Works Departments moved to new locations, Mayor Rick Roberts and Ball Ground City Council were faced with the question of what to do with the substandard building.
For more than 10 years, the Ball Ground Senior Group had moved to different locations. Mayor Roberts, the City Council, and City Manager Eric Wilmarth realized this would be a perfect site to build the group a permanent home. The old structure was torn down and replaced with the beautiful building that Ball Ground seniors now enjoy.