BURLINGTON, Vt. – The city is reviewing a recommendation that the Burlington Parks Department take over management of the struggling Heineberg Senior Center, a move that would put the city’s two senior centers under parks management.
The changes were recommended by the city’s Senior Center Study Committee. In a press release detailing Burlington’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Mayor Miro Weinberger said his administration is reviewing the recommendation and plans to come back later this year with a proposed arrangement.
Champlain Senior Center in Burlington’s Old North End is already under Parks Department management. The Heineberg center has been a fixture in the city for 91 years, nut the non-profit is struggling to fund operations.
The hope is that under Parks, the center can add more staff and expand services.
Heineberg would still operate in its current location.
Heineberg Community Senior Center Chair Gail Moreau said there’s a commitment from Weinberger and City Council to move forward. She was also hopeful the backing of the Parks Department would allow for more meaningful programs at the centers.
“We are so excited about the prospects about having more staff, more coordination of staff and services,” Moreau said. “More staff means more ideas being generated and more programs out there.”