Group disappointed with Meridian Senior Center

Group disappointed with Meridian Senior Center »Play Video
MERIDIAN, Idaho - There is a new senior center in Meridian and it's part of the new Kleiner Memorial Park.

When the center was announced one group in particular was thrilled, but has since felt disappointment.

The Meridian Bridge Club is more than 100 members strong and has been around for decades. Since July, members have started playing at a church because they say they were forced to move out of the senior center.

Arthur Tupper says they were told they would have a big enough card room when the new senior center was built, but it was dangerously small and with no air conditioning.

"We had some people on oxygen that couldn't even breathe in there," Tupper said.

Tupper says the room could only fit six tables and members using wheelchairs and walkers couldn't get around. They asked if a bigger room could be provided, but Tupper says the administration said they wouldn't allow them to play anywhere but the card room.

"They should have allowed more flexibility in the way they treated the seniors," Tupper said.

The city leases out the building and the center has its own board of directors. Walt Cockens is a member and said the building is handicapped accessible and the bridge club could never be satisfied.

The city wants to make sure the center is compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

"The city's legal department is certainly going to be looking into this and we'll have conversations with the senior center, but it's premature to speculate beyond that what the next steps might be," said Shelly Houston, with the Meridian Mayor's Office.

Tupper hopes the mayor's office can help because although they're thankful for their new place to play members would rather play at the new senior center.

The senior center has granted an on camera interview, and tour of the building, so the Truth Squad will have a follow-up to this story.