From the concept of a drop-in centre for Penticton seniors, the basic guiding principle has always been to provide a place for seniors of all income levels, to gather for leisure pursuits, special interests, and specific services at a minimum cost.
That was the goal in 1994, and it remains our goal today for The Centre.
Penticton’s first drop-in centre was located at the former Hansel and Gretel Motel on Main Street. By February 1995, a full slate of activities was being offered. The site was leased until a permanent centre could be built.
Fundraising began in 1994 with a $1.5 million target to bring the dream to fruition. A perfect building site was found on South Main Street known as Robinson Park, a former orchard, that Mr. Henry Johansen bequeathed to the City for the enjoyment of Penticton’s citizens.
When the November 1996 municipal election was held, there was a referendum question that read, “Do you approve the City of Penticton leasing approximately 3.5 acres of Robinson Park property for facilities to house a Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre… .” The referendum passed!
On June 19, 1997, then-Mayor Beth Campbell broke ground for the project on the approximately 3.5 acre building site at Robinson Park. The present facility doors opened in 1999. The seniors came, were welcomed, immediately felt at home… and the rest is history!