VeloCity September 2021


Artist rendering of the fourth and final Senior Health and Wellness Center as part of MAPS 3 that is currently being built in far south Oklahoma City. (Photo courtesy)

Earlier this summer, Oklahoma City officials broke ground on the fourth and final Senior Health and Wellness Center as part of MAPS 3. Located just south of SW 134th and Western, the center will provide health and fitness programs and opportunities for people 50 and over. It will be operated by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. MAPS Project Manager David Todd said this year’s wet summer has played havoc with construction crews and timelines but expects the fourth Senior Health and Wellness Center to be completed by the end of next summer. “They have already cleared the site and demoed the existing structures out there. We just can’t get a break from the rain,” Todd said. When completed, the 40,000-square-foot center will feature several amenities such as a saltwater pool and

lap pool , fitness studio, gym with pickleball court and basketball court , an elevated walking/jogging track and a small clinic for health screenings operated by Integris Health. There will be a kitchen that can also be used for cooking classes. The building will also set directly next to a large, picturesque pond that will provide ample fishing opportunities for members. Oklahoma City Councilman David Greenwell , who represents Ward 5 where the fourth Senior Health and Wellness Center is being built , said it was important to locate this particular center on the far southside of Oklahoma City “There are many people who live in the east part of Ward 5 around Western and Santa Fe avenues, and the population continues to grow in that area south toward Norman. Unfortunately, we don’t have too many municipal facilities over in that part of Ward 5. So, I was extremely pleased that we were able to locate this

property there. I think it will be the most beautiful of the senior wellness centers to date,” Greenwell said. Todd said each of the four senior health and wellness centers that have either been built or are in the process of being built are all different to some degree in both scope and design. “One of the ideas was that we didn’t create a senior wellness center and then go drop it in the neighborhoods, but that it needed to respond to the neighborhood and the general area it was serving as far as an operator perspective and also the programs that were being offered. And we took it even further that the buildings would kind of interact with the area they were in,” he said. According to city officials, this newest Senior Health and Wellness Center will feature large windows providing natural light throughout the two-story structure, along with panoramic views of the pond and

grounds, which will include gardens, patios and space for various activities. There will also be a large, covered entry into the building. Greenwell hopes all of the MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Centers, as well as a future facility planned as part of MAPS 4, will help city officials obtain feedback from the members in terms of their overall physical and psychological health before joining the facilities and then several months afterward. “It would be great if we could get certain data, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, for instance, from those members who would be willing to share that information with us, to demonstrate to the general public that these investments by the city do have a positive impact. “I believe the more active we are, the more we are extending our life. Hopefully, this facility will help accomplish that ,” Greenwell said.



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