The center on Monday began operations out of the city's former Building Department facility next to the fire station on Arnold Mill Road east of downtown. The center previously shared the Woodstock Community Center with government uses and rentals for private events.
The city government in June moved its operations to the City Hall Annex, which freed up space in the former Building Department space. City staff set aside $100,000 to renovate the building to meet the seniors' needs.
The new senior center features a multi-purpose room with hardwood flooring, which is perfect for line dancing, according to Preston Pooser, the city's parks and recreation director.
A new kitchen is home to a sink, double oven, an island stove and a refrigerator. When the city government acquired the Robert Harris Homes building on Highway 92 for its City Hall Annex, kitchen appliances worth about $60,000 were left behind.
Pooser added the kitchen, which is bigger than the community center's kitchen, is perfect for cooking classes and arts and crafts classes.
A "quiet room" is where books, chairs and two computers for seniors to use are kept.
Other amenities are a game room with a pool table, a smaller multi-purpose room with four to five four-foot tables, a staff office and a new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant unisex bathroom.
With attendance at center programs averaging between 120 and 125 each day, Pooser said the biggest advantage the new building gives the seniors is more space.
And because the new building is just for the senior center, staff members don't have to continuously move furniture and equipment to make room for private parties who've reserved space for events like weddings and receptions.
Pooser said residents who frequent the senior center now could feel a sense of ownership with the building.
"It's theirs," he said. "It is the senior center."
Woodstock resident June Frega said she was impressed with the new facility.
"It's fantastic," she said. "It's better than what I expected."
Mrs. Frega, who said she's been coming to senior center programs for years, said the renovated building has more space and is "laid out much better" than the community center.
Tony and Carmela Volpe of Woodstock also had positive comments about the new building.
The Volpes moved from Long Island, N.Y. two years ago and said the center in the Empire State "wasn't much of a senior center."
"They only played cards," Mrs. Volpe said, adding there were no trips or specific classes for its patrons.
But since living in Woodstock, the Volpes have been nothing short of impressed with their new home's senior center.
"This one is great," Volpe said.