Back in early 2019, the City of Corvallis decided it was time to rename the Chintimini Senior Center. The community made name suggestions — 108 in total — and voted for the name Corvallis Community Center. C3 for short.The building itself also underwent a renovation, between August and September of 2019. Just in time to close its doors for lock-down. C3 was undaunted and continued to offer virtual classes.
So why the rebrand? According to Terri Fackrell, current supervisor of the Center, they’d “…heard from many older adults who use our facility that they don’t consider themselves seniors — age is just a number! C3 is intended to be a community recreation center with something to offer adults of all ages.”C3 certainly does have a little something for everyone. Looking for group fitness? C3 has you covered. Want to learn landscape painting, the guitar, or lavender wand weaving? C3 has a class for that. Looking for some outdoor hiking? They have that too. Or maybe you’re more the indoorsy, tabletop role-playing sort of game? C3 has a Dungeons and Dragons game for you.They haven’t forgotten their seniors, either.
“We’ll continue to offer plenty of programs for older adults,” Fackrell says, “but we didn’t want to unintentionally limit our appeal to the broader community by using outmoded terms.”One program Fackrell is excited about is the Wellness Benefit Program, which allows the fitness program that comes with many Medicare plans to cover the cost of classes at C3 and Osborn Aquatic Center. There are also plenty of free programs to sign up for should you need some help taking your blood pressure or need a little tech support. Even with the limitations placed on it by the pandemic, C3 has been doing its best to bring the community quality programs. Why not check them out.