Olivedale History

Mrs. Dale (Olive) Schurtz willed her home, including over 16 acres of land on the Western edge of the City of Lancaster in 1969 to be used for park purposes and be named Olivedale Park.  The City accepted the gift and turned it over to the Lancaster Park Commission, which dedicated its use to the Senior Citizens of Lancaster and Fairfield County.
Mrs. Dale (Olive) Schurt and her husband
Orginal Schurtz Home
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.
first addition to facility
first fundraiser event making jelly
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.
after secon addition fall of 1998
facility kitchen
In 2006 the thirty-two year old kitchen was renovated enabling members to cook with updated appliances and more elbow room.
noodle making machine with kitchen staff
Today angel food cakes and egg noodles are a popular specialty from Olivedale.
Olivedale Senior Citizens
of Fairfield County, Inc.