What is planned for the Gene Lucas Community Center?
The Gene Lucas Community Center campus is the new home to GLC staff, The McLean Foundation offices, Fortuna Senior Center and Humboldt Senior Resource Center. The GLC will also include Remi Vista, Inc. (counseling services), Paso a Paso (Step by Step), First 5 Humboldt Playgroup, College of the Redwoods Adult Education Program, and more. Scheduled to open its doors late fall 2019, this facility will be a vibrant place to come together for play, wellness and enrichment.
The 23,000 square foot building includes:
- A one mile walking trail around the wetland ponds, with ADA portion
- Light Exercise Rooms
- Rental spaces for events and private parties
- Commercial kitchen
- Conference room
- Outdoor spaces
- Parking with entrance off of Newburg Road
How will the Gene Lucas Community Center serve the community?
The center will offer programs, classes, and services that support the pursuit of art, education, health and wellness for people of all ages in the Eel River Valley. We do this through GLC classes and partnerships with community agencies dedicated to uplifting the lives of Humboldt County residents. Classes and services are offered at free or affordable rates to ensure everyone can enjoy the GLC.
Who will the GLC serve?
The GLC will serve growing demographics across all age groups of the community. Programming will be responsive to shifting trends and opportunities to grow and expand offerings.
What program activities will be offered at the Gene Lucas Community Center?
The center will host numerous classes and community programs. Some classes have carried over from the Multi-Generational Center (MGC), including youth cooking, art and science, English language classes for adults, and conversational Spanish. The GLC will also feature community partner programs from Paso a Paso, UC Cooperative Extension, and College of the Redwoods Adult Education Program. Up and coming events and classes include family movie and game nights, yoga, and Zumba. An extensive list of additional programs are being developed for 2020 and beyond.
Will the Gene Lucas Community Center serve the more traditional senior needs?
The Gene Lucas Community Center includes the Fortuna Senior Center. The Fortuna Senior Center (FSC) will continue to function primarily as an activity center with social activities such as cards, games, crafts, and much more. The FSC also offers referrals for transportation, meals on wheels, driving assistance, medical referrals, and at home care.
The Humboldt Senior Resource Center will host weekly lunches from Tuesday to Friday.
The following information can answer questions about the Gene Lucas Community Center construction activity.
How will current activities at the MGC be impacted by construction?
The MGC is in transition to move to the GLC! All existing programs at the MGC will reconvene at the Gene Lucas Community Center.
When can I make a rental reservation at the GLC?
Rental reservations will be available in 2020. We will keep you informed about upcoming dates. Follow the GLC on our Facebook page for the most up to date information.
How is traffic and parking being planned for?
The GLC offers 260 parking spaces on the campus. A four-way stop and left turn lane will be installed at the corner of Newburg and Rohnerville Road. For pedestrians, an ADA compliant public access trail will connect Newburg Park to the campus.