Riverside County, City of Blythe to Celebrate Renovation of Blythe Community Center
BLYTHE – Senior citizens in the Blythe community will have a safe, accessible and vital place to gather for meals, programs and functions for years to come, thanks to the renovation of the Blythe Community Center, a joint project of Riverside County and the City of Blythe.
Supervisor John J. Benoit and city officials invite the public to celebrate the completion of these improvements at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at 445 N. Broadway in Blythe.
“When we were in danger of losing the senior meal and homebound delivery program, Riverside County and the City of Blythe made a significant investment to bring this building up to tip-top shape,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I’m very pleased by our wonderful partnership which has delivered a nicely refurbished community center that will benefit Palo Verde Valley residents for a long time.”
The improvement project is the first major renovation of the Blythe Community Center since its opening in 1986. The city-owned building needed significant repairs to its kitchen in order to keep vital programs running.
The Riverside County Office on Aging provides the senior nutrition program and Fit After 50 exercise program at the center. Approximately 60 meals are served to seniors every weekday and an additional 30 are served through the homebound delivery program.
The city and county partnered to fund the $400,000 renovation. Riverside County provided $287,000 of the total project cost and loaned the remaining $113,000 to the city. Over the next three years, Blythe will dedicate a portion of its community development block grant allocation to repay the county in annual installments.
The comprehensive remodeling brought the kitchen up to commercial standards, adding a walk in cooler and freezer, an upgraded stove hood with a fire protection system, stainless steel cabinets and cooking equipment. The electrical system, hot water heater and other appliances were upgraded as well as the ceiling tile throughout the building.
The sidewalks and parking were reconfigured to better accommodate disabled senior clients. Other improvements include new flooring, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, updated bathrooms, automated front doors, upgraded air conditioning and a refreshed exterior with new landscaping.
The improvements were completed by the Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment, a non profit organization that develops community projects in the Palo Verde and Coachella valleys.
For more information about the Blythe Community Center renovation ribbon cutting, please contact Supervisor Benoit’s office at 760-863-8211.