The new Bella Vida senior center. Cory Rubin/The Signal

New SCV senior center announces dedication, opening day

The much-anticipated new Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is finally here, and members of the community will have a chance to tour the locale before its official opening day April 29.

To celebrate this milestone, senior center officials announced Wednesday a dedication ceremony set at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the new location, 27180 Golden Valley Road. The event will commence in the parking lot and conclude in the grand ballroom, followed by tours of the facility until 3 p.m.  

“We’re all looking forward to the dedication day,” said Kevin MacDonald, executive director of the nonprofit center. “This is an opportunity for us to thank the community, the city and the county, and the entire valley for all they’ve done for our seniors.”

MacDonald added that officials will also reveal a new name for the center at the ceremony. “The new name, which we will unveil, represents hope and our seniors, and I think they’ll all be thrilled that we will have something other than ‘senior center,’” he said.

Despite a wet winter, which delayed construction projects across the valley, the new senior center remained on track to open in April. MacDonald said finishing touches will be completed this week and the overall project has remained on budget.

Two matching gift programs have helped the senior center raise more than $500,000 for the building, but additional funds are still needed, said MacDonald. He said organizers may set up a third matching program to help reach their goal of $1 million. To donate, visit scv-seniorcenter.org.

The 30,000-square-foot, two-story building was constructed on 2.5 acres of newly developed land and includes features such as a banquet hall that seats more than 250, a fitness and dance studio, an outdoor cabana with concert seating, six multipurpose rooms and a library.

The senior center on Market Street, which has housed the nonprofit for 40 years, will close Friday, April 26, and transition into its new locale on Golden Valley Road and Newhall Ranch Road on Monday, April 29, with all activities and lunch on a normal schedule.

“One of our goals is to have a seamless transition for those who use our services,” said MacDonald. “We will go through Friday and open on Monday to continue that consistency, which is important for the community.”

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