Everyone is invited to the ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening of the city of Las Vegas Derfelt Senior Center Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3343 W. Washington Ave. Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow will preside over the ribbon-cutting, which will be followed by light refreshments, entertainment and tours of the center. Derfelt Senior Center is situated in Lorenzi Park and is based in three 1949 buildings formerly part of the Twin Lakes Lodge.
In preparation for the re-opening, the center has received new carpet, paint and blinds, appliances for the kitchen, fitness equipment, tables and chairs, and new exterior landscaping. The center will hold monthly luncheons, breakfasts, outings, lectures, health education classes, and AARP driver training classes. Throughout the week, the center will offer arts and crafts, cooking, cards/games, and a variety of fitness classes, including Zumba, tai chi, yoga, Pilates, chi ball, sit and fit, arthritis exercise, and body sculpting and strength training. A $20/month fitness pass includes all the fitness classes, as well as use of the on-site equipment. The center’s hours are Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., serving residents age 50 and older. There is a $2 annual membership fee to participate.
“I am so thrilled that the Derfelt Senior Center will be reopening after being closed for several years while Lorenzi Park was being renovated,” Councilman Barlow said. “I know the seniors who took classes at this center will be eager to come back and enjoy the countless activities that are available to them.”
Lorenzi Park was the vision of D.G. Lorenzi, a French immigrant who purchased 80 acres of property about two miles west of the original Las Vegas town site in 1912. The park opened as Lorenzi’s Lake Park in 1926 with a pool, dance pavilion, lakes and orchards. The property sold in 1940 and became Twin Lakes Lodge, a resort getaway with a 48-room hotel. The site is linked to the larger histories of dude ranching and divorce in Nevada. The motel played an important role for divorce seekers who obtained their needed residency at the motel. The city of Las Vegas acquired the property in 1965, and it became a historic district in 2009. The Derfelt Senior Center closed temporarily in 2011 for the renovation of Lorenzi Park.
For more information, please call (702) 229-6601.