Welcome to the Ypsilanti
great experiences for older adults in a welcoming environment that
encourages learning, active, engagement, fitness and healthy living
About the Center
Center is located at Recreation Park in the picturesque Normal Park
neighborhood. It has been a part of the park’s landscape and home to
community activities for fifty years, serving as a gathering space for
the center may look small when you glance at the exterior as you drive
down Congress, don't let first appearances fool you! A large gathering
(complete with grand piano) is flooded with light from windows
on three sides. Looking out those windows, you’ll see
the volunteer-tended rose garden, a patio, and the community
On the east end, there is
a picnic shelter and playground equipment, along with ample free parking. A full kitchen, small classroom, and restrooms are also contained in the space.
Just a short distance south of the Center is Rutherford Pool, a wonderful community resource during warm weather.
The Center is used by many different community groups; and it provides a place for friendship, socializing, and
lots of different educational programs. It has become a home away from home for many Ypsilanti residents.
facility is available to rent for private and community events. Click here for rental information.
There is no membership fee, but donations are always welcome.
We offer a full array of regularly scheduled fitness
classes for seniors (55 and older)—many sponsored through Washtenaw Community College—including
Yoga, Fitness and Flexibility, and Line Dancing. We recently added Gentle Fitness classes and others led by staff from the Ann
regular programs include art classes, various intergenerational projects with
local schools and home-schooled children, nutrition and cooking demos,
story-telling, music, computer access, and (for a small fee) weekly massage and
monthly foot care.
offer a nutritious and tasty lunch
Monday-Friday for a suggested donation of $3.00 for those 60 and over.
(Or $5.25 for those under age 60.) Meals must be ordered 24 hours in
advance by calling 734-483-5014. (If you make a meal reservation and
find you'll be unable to attend, please give the staff a 24-hour
The meals are made possible through the cooperative efforts of the Center (with DeLois Wilson, a certified ServSafe Pro, overseeing the operation), Washtenaw County's Senior Nutrition Program, and AARP.
The center will close when the Ypsilanti Consolidated Schools close due to inclement weather.
Staff – 734-483-5014
Shonda Gibbs, Receptionist
Board of Directors
you’d like to join the board, please use the contact form to express your interest.
Susan Sweet Scott