LEONARDTOWN, MD – Due to the current stay at home order and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Aging & Human Services Senior Activity Centers remain closed to the public. Additionally, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Garvey Senior Activity Center and Leonardtown Library was postponed in April. However, that does not mean we are not continuing work for our patrons in our brand-new facility.

Garvey Senior Activity Center Staff moved into the new building Monday, April 20, 2020, and have been working on unpacking and organizing in preparation for use. According to the Division of Senior Center Operations Manager, Alice Allen, the new Garvey Senior Activity Center boasts several upgrades including a fitness studio for group classes which provides more space for a wide range of new programs that will complement the wide variety of classes currently offered; four outdoor pickleball courts; an expanded exercise equipment room; an art room with natural lighting; and a state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted to produce meals on-site for the congregate meals and Home-Delivered Meals programs. “Everything is going to be just awesome,” she said.

Department of Aging & Human Services Director Lori Jennings-Harris is looking forward to seeing the new Garvey Senior Activity Center open to the public. However, the timing of that will be contingent on the Governor’s current order, closing all senior activity centers statewide being rescinded. In the meantime, our staff is working to ensure the Garvey Senior Activity Center is primed and ready for use. Lori Jennings-Harris looks forward to the opportunities for expanded programming that both the larger footprint of the senior activity center and the co-location with the Leonardtown Library will offer.

For more information about the Department of Aging & Human Services, please call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050, or visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging.