HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Friday, April 26th, the new Robert “Bob” Harrison Senior Wellness and Advocacy Center in Northwest Huntsville closed early to the public, to prepare for a gala that night.
It’s to celebrate the official ribbon cutting and opening of the new multi-millio-dollar facility, which was a dream come true for a Madison County Commissioner.
Earlier that morning underneath a tent outside the center off Pulaski Pike, a crowd of dignitaries gathered to celebrate what goes on inside the facility everyday.
“Senior centers provide seniors with social interaction, stimulation and a chance to get involved in the community,” said Clara Cox, a senior who has already used the facility and is grateful Commissioner Bob Harrison had this vision for his constituents.
“I have not done this by myself,” said Harrison to his friends and colleagues. “No way. I’ve only been a vessel to make it happen.”
The center features exercise equipment, a walkling area, a swimming pool, a computer room, an arts and crafts area, ballroom and conference room. It’s all aimed at keeping people 50-years-old and older in shape physically, mentally and socially.
“Being retired can be lonely if you stay home and cannot be as active as you may desire,” said Cox. “Senior centers can provide contact with others through the start of clubs and activities, which can be both mentally and physically stimulating and help you to stay active and independent.”
Harrison spelled out the motto of the center and its impact on him personally.
“Stay strong and live long. 130 pounds less i am and i’m going to lose 50 more in the next six months.”
The center actually opened to the public on February 25th.