By Anthony Scott
Killeen Daily Herald
The Lions Club Park Senior Center reopened its doors Monday for the first time in more than two months after flood damage and ensuing repairs displaced seniors who regularly use the facility.
The senior center has been closed since Feb. 1 after a plumbing defect caused a flood in the three-year-old building.
“We had a pipe that exploded in one of the mechanical rooms,” said Brett Williams, the city’s director of parks and recreation. “We just called in a contractor; they did some research. So they decided to do some corrective measures to change the type of piping in the building to prevent it from occurring again.”
Extensive repairs throughout the last two months were needed, which involved replacing synthetic plastic pipes with copper pipes, he said.
Williams said the project finished on schedule and estimates as time goes by the regulars will begin to return to the facility.
During the two-month wait for repairs, the Lions Club Senior Center transferred its services to the Bob Gilmore Senior Center, combining two centers worth of patrons into one. After reopening, Williams said numbers at Lion’s Club aren’t quite what they used to be.
The Lion’s Club Senior Center probably sees anywhere from 75 to 125 people use its facilities every day, Williams said.
Some seniors may opt to continue going to the Gilmore Center longer now that they’ve formed a routine, he added.
“Seniors really have those routines, and we’ve impacted their routines,” he said.
Lions Club Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in the 1700 block of East Stan Schlueter Loop.
The Bob Gilmore Senior Center shares the same hours and days of operations and is located at 2205 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.