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With Edina’s demographics being the oldest in the Twin Cities, the Edina Senior Center is a busy place. The City’s Park & Recreation Department also holds programming for adults ages 55 and older. To increase membership at the Senior Center and meet demand for senior programming, the City would like to find answers to the following questions. 

What do you think of the Edina Senior Center as a facility and its location? What improvements could the City make to make the facility better?

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer about 1 month ago

The building is not visible, so people are unlikely to ever see it. The building itself and the parklot are small. Going there and not finding an accessible parking spot discourages use. And I wonder if you want to offer all programming there, as opposed to using Edina's wonderful parks for some of the daytime activities. Getting seniors outside in the summer is desirable, but there isn't outdoor space. Finally, the hours of operation are limited. I don't think much is going on weeknights and if I am not mistaken, it is closed on the weekend, a time working seniors would be more able to use it. All these things impact the capacity to grow membership.

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Jim DeSimone about 1 month ago

I have noticed the parking is limited back there. I think the location is ok, but it is the library basement/afterthought.

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Carla Hawley about 1 month ago

I think it is a beautiful facility. Like the fact that it shares building with the library.
Could definitely use better signage indicating that it even exists!

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Carol Williams about 1 month ago

I fully support the senior center idea, but find the parking terrible! The closeness to the library is excellent. I do wish the hours were more user friendly.

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RuthAnn Metzger about 1 month ago

Well since I have been using the Edina Sr. Center the past 2 years for my exercise classes, I am now very disappointed that with the split from Edina Community Ed I can no longer be reimbursed $20/ month by HealthPartners when I do 12 exercise classes in a month. I have been working with Nicole the Director of the Edina Sr. Center for about 2 months to get the Sr. Center set up with NIHCA like the Edina Community Ed had & has. Every time I would be told no & given a reason which I would propose an alternative to -- now it has boiled down to the Sr. Center does not have the $500 per year to belong to NIHCA. Why did the Sr. Center have to do a hard split from Edina Community Ed? This is a benefit ($20/month) that someone paying the high insurance premiums today should be able to take advantage of since insurance companies recognize that to stay healthy people need to exercise! I am especially angry since the City of Edina had $30,000 dollars to have a consulting firm study the Dan Patch Passenger Rail which the residents do not want but cannot pay $500 for something that seniors can benefit from!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 28 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] They have friendly, helpful staff. It's a good location, especially if you live in the condos nearby.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 28 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Please provide more close parking. It's not adequate as is.

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Martha Albrecht 27 days ago

I support the location and appreciate the facility. Maybe some parking could be available at the office building parking ramp across the street from the center. It's good to have this more easily accessible location for senior activities.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 26 days ago

[Comment from Mary] The parking situation is quite awful! (Think there are only three handicapped spaces.) Grandview Square allows Senior Center parking. During the winter months of ice and snow, it can be impossible for some of us to walk that distance in those conditions. Please give this problem your serious consideration, because we seniors would love to be able to use this marvelous facility all year round.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Vergene Routhe] Love the location! Parking is a challenge. Do we have the option of parking the open parking across the street (Grandview)?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Parking!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] No parking!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] More parking!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Better parking.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Parking at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday isn't great. Could there be more handicapped?

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Love the activities, but parking is a problem!

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 25 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] More parking.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] Good location, it's very nice. Parking some days is very bad.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Senior Center member] More parking is desperately needed.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Catherine Cich] I love it’s location for me. I also like the layout of space in the building, with so many areas for the programs. The only issue that may not be able to be changed is the limited parking.

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Kaylin Eidsness admin 24 days ago

[Comment from Catherine Cich] I don’t know enough about the other programs so cannot answer this.

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