Olivedale History

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Welcome to Olivedale Senior Center….
A living memorial to Olive and Dale Schurtz, generous Lancaster residents, who bequeathed their home and property to the City of Lancaster for a park named Olivedale Park.  In 1972 the “Young At Heart” senior group petitioned the Park Board to use the Shurtz’s home for meetings.  The house, named Olivedale Senior Center became a popular meeting place.  This makes Olivedale Senior Center a part of the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department. Olivedale Senior Citizens formed in 1972 with 577 charter members.  Olivedale Senior Citizens of Fairfield County, Inc. a 501 c 3 non-profit was incorporated in 1975. That same year the first addition was built to accommodate the growing memberships by adding a banquet room upstairs and recreational and meeting rooms below.
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A second addition in 1998 doubled the first floor capacity and a wellness center was added to the basement including a fitness room, locker rooms and a warm water exercise pool.

The Center has over 3000 members who are advancing in age, finding fellowship and making new friends while learning new skills and having a lot of fun.
kitchen
In 2006 the thirty-two year old kitchen was renovated enabling members to cook with updated appliances and more elbow room.
kitchen staff
Today angel food cakes and egg noodles are a popular specialty from Olivedale.
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