Cherokee Senior Athletic Center
Location: Cherokee, North Carolina
Services: Master Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development & CD's
Jody Taylor, an EBCI tribal elder from the Birdtown Community, had a vision, along with other seniors, to be able to practice certain sports for the Senior Games without having to leave town. Three years ago, she put in legislation for the Cherokee Senior Athletic Center to be built and ground was broken officially starting the project on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 26.
“This is a big event for our Cherokee Life seniors,” said Janelle Rattler, Cherokee Life Recreation Senior Games coordinator, who related that she attended her first state Senior Games event in 2002. She said there were nine EBCI seniors participating in 2002, and they ended 2016 with a total of 95 participants. “This Center will provide a place for them to practice bocce, horseshoes, and shuffleboard and hopefully, in the future, hold local Senior Games events that qualify them for Raleigh.”
Rattler went on to comment, “In establishing this Center, this will ensure that our elders keep physically active and help keep them healthy.”
The Center, which comprises 18,586 square feet, will include three horseshoe pits, four shuffleboard areas, two bocce areas, and a championship bocce area.
The Senior Athletic Center opened in July of 2017, to much excitement and acclaim from the local community and senior leaders.