A senior center is breaks ground in Tyronza

TYRONZA, AR (KAIT) - Agroundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning in Tyronza by city officials and local residents, to celebrate the start of construction of their future senior centerfacility.

Mayor of Tyronza, Marion Bearden, says this issomething residents need. "We're blessed to have a lot of senior citizens,here, in our town," Bearden said. "Not having a facility for them tocome together and enjoy fellowship and have activities.  We just saw theneed for it and decided that we were going to go after it."

Bearden says it's taken a lot of hard work andtime to get to this stage in the project. "This project has been a longtime coming," Bearden said.  "This has been in the making aboutfour or five years, now.  It's been a vision of mine and need we've hadfor so many years in Tyronza."

Bearden said this new facility wouldn't bepossible without the help from a lot of people. "We're just lucky,"Bearden said.  "To come into contact with others who had the samevision to work with me and actually get it on paper."

Bearden said this facility is something shedreamed of for Tyronza when she first went into office around ten years ago. "IfI talk too much, I'll probably get chocked up," Bearden said. "Because it does mean that much to me.  It's just a dream cometrue to be able to have it finally come to a reality and know that we are goingto obtain our center."

Bearden said she and local residents are anxiousto see the project complete. "We're just looking forward to the day we canopen the doors," Bearden said.  "And have activities for ourseniors.  Quilting activities, dominos, checkers, whatever our seniorswant to do we're going to try to provide for them."

The new senior center will include a meetingroom, exercise room, kitchen, storage area, patio and garden.

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