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Public invited to grand opening

Lu Snyder

SUMMIT COUNTY – After just under one year of construction, the new Summit County community and senior center has come to fruition.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration is Thursday, and officials remind the public that all in Summit County are invited.

The opening is a month earlier than initially anticipated, said Summit County senior services director Beth Koran.

“This will be a wonderful amenity for the entire Summit County community,” said County Manager Ron Holliday. “It not only is going to fulfill the major needs of this important constituency group of senior citizens but opens a whole world of opportunity for other groups in the county to use it.”

The nearly $2.8 million, 11,000-square-foot building is the result of cooperative efforts between Summit County Seniors and the county. The seniors successfully raised about $1.3 million of the total bill, and the county covered the remaining $1.5 million, he said.

“It’s a testament to terrific cooperation amongst an active group of senior citizens to come forward – tangibly – to help not only build, but operate, this important facility,” Holliday said. “I think this is probably a model for cooperative projects that we can hopefully carry forward in the future with other groups.”

Holliday said the modern building has a quality sound system and a kitchen, in addition to other features. A portion of the building will be used for Timberline Adult Services, a day-time adult services program that will be offered under Bristlecone Health Services, beginning in September.

“That’s certainly a service that has been lacking in the county,” Holliday said.

Though seniors have played an instrumental role in the creation of the building and will have an active role in its operation, the center is designed for the entire community. Aside from the seniors, the county, church groups and nonprofit organizations will have use of the building, Koran said.

“We think it will be a great boon for the entire county,” Holliday said.

“I think it’s going to be a very fine asset added to our community now that we’ve got it up and running,” County Commissioner Tom Long said.

In addition to the money raised by the seniors as a group, Long added the project would not have been possible without the time contribution of a number of those seniors.

“I just can’t say enough about the cooperation between the seniors and the county to achieve this,” he said. “There’s a lot of seniors with a lot of personal time invested in the project – to making this dream, if you will, become a reality. Everybody deserves a pat on the back.”

Holliday, Long, County Commissioners Gary Lindstrom and Bill Wallace, and Jim Noble, president of the Seniors Council, are among those scheduled to attend Thursday’s celebration.

Officials ask that anyone planning to come by for a tour of the new facility call to make a reservation, though it is not required. Snacks and soft drinks will be served, and members of Senior Citizens of Summit County lead tours of the building.

Grand Opening

-What: Summit County community and senior center

-Where: County

Commons in Frisco

-When: 2 p.m.

ribbon-cutting, open house 2-6 p.m., Thursday

-RSVP encouraged but not required. To RSVP,

call (970) 668-5486


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