Shelby Township Activities Center opened Sept. 28, 2019
With the new Shelby Township Activities Center getting final touches, the township is ready to throw a party.
From noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, residents will get their first look at the former home of the Boys and Girls Club at 14975 21 Mile Road as it reopens as the Shelby Township Activities Center. The facility is currently receiving a $795,000 facelift that was approved by the Board of Trustees at its April 16, 2019 meeting.
“This new facility will be unlike anything we have ever had in the township,” Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Director Joe Youngblood said. “The centerpiece is a 7,500-square-foot full gym with space for multiple basketball courts, pickleball courts, volleyball, a walking track and much more. We also have more meeting space, more space for classes and a beautiful new activity room/cafeteria that will be a big hit with our seniors.”
At its Oct. 16, 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the concept for the new 25,000-square-foot activities center at the renovated Boys and Girls Club facility at 14975 21 Mile Road. A budget of $2.25 million was approved to purchase property along with a $1.5 million budget for building and site improvements to give the township a facility that could have cost as much as $6.25 million in new construction.
“While this may not be the same style of recreation facility as some municipalities, I believe it is a better one,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “We have stayed faithful to our directives from the taxpayers and addressed the needs of the current senior center and then some. We have increased the footprint of the senior center from 11,404 square feet at its current location on Van Dyke Ave. to 25,000 square feet for a total price of $3,750,000 for the property and site improvements.
“More importantly, though, the STAC is a true community space for seniors, families, friends and neighbors to gather and further the bonds of community that separate Shelby Township from similar communities. There are many options in the local private sector for fitness and other recreational activities such as aquatics, but there is no number of treadmills or swimming lanes that could build a stronger community than the environment we will have at the STAC.”
The activities center will house Parks and Recreation offices and staff as well as operate as the township’s senior center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Initially we were looking to replace the senior center that we have now at 51670 Van Dyke Ave.,” Youngblood said. “During that process, this building came on the market, and now we have so much more. We can expand the successful operations at our current senior center as well as provide more recreation programs for our entire community after 5 p.m. It is a dream come true for our Parks and Recreation staff, and I know it will be one for our residents as well.”
At the grand opening, residents can tour the facility and also enjoy music, bouncers, food trucks, crafts, games and much more.
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“It’s not often that we get to open a facility like the activities center, so I am excited to see the celebration that the Parks and Recreation Department puts together,” Stathakis said. “Anyone that has been to our art fair or Christmas Aglow knows that the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department know how to have fun, and I’m sure they will pull out all the stops to open this facility with a great day.”