GREENSBORO, N.C. - It might sound like a strange combination, but Ellen Whitlock, the director of Senior Resources of Guilford County, says it makes sense to build a carousel next to a new senior center because both generations can learn from each other.
The carousel itself will be inside a building with a lot of windows to allow it to operate year round. They want to model it after a Carousel in New York called Jane's Carousel.
Senior Resources is launching a campaign to raise money for the project, but the group has not revealed how much money it needs to raise. Whitlock says the community has outgrown the current center and the aging population gets larger every year.
"As we all know, the baby boomers are rapidly approaching. They have come to our programs and they're wanting things a little differently. They want to be able to come in and take a Tai Chi class, participate in a book club and then go about their other errands for the day," Whitlock said.
The Weaver Foundation has already agreed to donate the land for the project. It's right next to the Children's Museum and across from the library. Right now, it's just a parking lot.
In addition, a renovation of the Canada Dry building near the Coliseum is also in the works.
The city council approved a plan to spend about two-million dollars for the project from the pool of hotel/motel tax money. The new building will become home to the Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Sports Commission.
"It will put us in the middle of the hospitality corridor, right next to one of the largest traffic generators in the community. It's a great landmark building that is sitting idle," Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Henri Fourrier said.