City reopening Senior Centers; Centers to Implement Health-focused, Phased-In Approach

 The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the first phase of the reopening of ten (10) City Senior Centers, beginning Tuesday, July 6.

“Protecting our most vulnerable of our community has been a top priority,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “Because the virus still poses a threat to the health and well-being of our seniors, the reopening process will be conducted gradually and cautiously to further minimize the risk of infection to our seniors. Beginning with a few in-person activities with seniors is one step forward to fully reopening.”

The Senior Centers will open once a week to allow older adults to socialize and participate in activities such as Bingo and Loteria.

The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday or Thursday. The openings will follow this schedule:

Open Tuesdays Open Thursdays
Pavo Real, 9311 Alameda San Juan, 5701 Tamburo
Happiness, 563 N. Carolina Grandview, 3134 Jefferson
Hilos de Plata, 4451 Delta Wellington Chew, 4430 Maxwell
Eastside, 3200 Fierro Polly Harris, 650 Wallenberg
Memorial, 1800 Byron South El Paso, 600 S. Ochoa

To adhere with current COVID-19 protocols, capacity at each center will be limited to 80 percent. If demand exceeds this level, staff will create timed sessions for games and socializing to ensure all seniors have access to the centers.

The Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management have used extreme caution in reopening because older adults who contract COVID-19 are at a higher risk of dying from the virus.

About 80 percent of those residents who have died from COVID-19 are 60 years of age and older.

Senior Centers are a division of the Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about City Senior Centers, visit the Parks and Recreation via this link.