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Seniors benefit from new program, WSU Hall at Ogden Town-run Recreation Center | News, Sports, Jobs

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Ogden City Director of Recreation Edd Bridge plays virtual disc golf on Friday, September 16, 2022 at the Golden Hours Senior Center.

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The Weber State University rec room at the Golden Hours Senior Center, pictured Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

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The Weber State University rec room at the Golden Hours Senior Center, pictured Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

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The Weber State University rec room at the Golden Hours Senior Center, pictured Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

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A new sports simulator for Golden Hours Senior Center members is pictured Friday, September 16, 2022.

Deborah Wilber, Standard Examiner

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OGDEN — Membership numbers are skyrocketing alongside new programming at the city-run Golden Hours Senior Center, and employees are eager to see what the winter months will bring.

City officials encouraged Golden Hours director Ginger Myers to update the lineup after reopening post-COVID.

Myers, who took over oversight of the center in June 2020, said she wanted to create new spaces for active seniors, adding a state-of-the-art sports simulator.

The new game system offers many activities, including baseball, hockey, soccer and bowling, but the game seniors seem to enjoy the most, according to Myers, is Zombie Dodgeball.

“It was great fun watching them,” said Edd Bridge, Ogden City’s director of recreation.

Every Friday at 12:30 p.m., members of the Golden Hours bowling league use the simulation room, previously an underutilized computer lab. The center still offers help with phones, tablets and computers every Monday with a technical tutor, but the center for seniors wanted to provide services and activities not easily accessible to people in the 50+ community.

With computer use widely available at the Ogden Public Library next to the center, Bridge said they were thinking outside the box by creating new programs.

Yarn wrapping, an art form of binding yarn to objects, and the Latin-inspired dance and fitness program Zumba are now offered in addition to existing classes like chair yoga, pottery, line dancing and ukulele lessons.

To view a full list of all services, activities and membership details available to all seniors in the community, visit https://www.ogdencity.com/325/Golden-Hours.

“Our programming offers something for everyone,” Myers said.

Funding for the facility’s programs and activities is raised by members of the Golden Hours Center Foundation through community events. The Golden Hours veterans group recently held a rummage sale and silent auction to raise funds for a group-designed veterans memorial to be built at the center.

With help from the city and donations from Weber State University, Myers said they were able to renovate their living room/game room into a Weber State game room outfitted with WSU swag, autographed jerseys, chairs and comfortable sofas and a pool table.

Bridge said they have quite a few WSU alumni and the staff at the facility wanted to highlight them with a special place to relax, share stories, play games and be proud.

“The city is really trying to make sure we have what we need for our seniors in the community,” Myers said.



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