The City of Maricopa is remodeling its former library at 46100 W. Smith-Enke Road into a Community Center that will host local veterans’ organizations and senior citizen groups. It is expected to open mid-July.
The 8,000-square-foot Maricopa Community Center will have space dedicated to both demographics, plus a central atrium that can be used by either group or others in the community.
The eastern side of the structure will be the City’s first permanent senior center, with two large, dedicated meeting rooms available for groups to use, as well as the Parks and Rec department to offer senior classes currently held at Copper Sky Multigenerational Complex.
“We are really excited about the new space for both our seniors and veterans,” said Brandelyn Hughes, the City’s recreation coordinator for senior and volunteer programs.
“Senior programming will include Coffee & Donuts on Tuesdays as well as daily drop-in for cards and board games. We also host monthly Lunch & Learns on the third Friday of the month, art classes, MOREE Trips (day trips all over the state including mystery trips), our annual End of Summer BBQ in October, afternoon tea parties, holiday-themed parties, potlucks and so much more,” she added.
The local posts of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Blue Star Mothers will move their headquarters into the west side, where there will be additional space that can be used by any veteran in town.
This section will be called the Maricopa Veterans Center, as was the building the posts had been using on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. That is the original library location and is to be remodeled into a museum and welcome center.