Improvements coming to Burns Community Center
A new ADA-accessible elevator, renovated restrooms and expanded space for more recreational activities are coming to the Burns Community Center, located at 5510 Clark Ave., just south of Mayfair Park. Construction is underway now and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
Meals on Wheels and Project Shepherd will get better space for their community operations, and for the first time, residents will be able to rent the newly improved Burns activity room for private events such as birthday parties and small receptions.
Some trees that were diseased or in declining health were removed during construction. New trees will be planted around the building as construction wraps up. Some structural maintenance problems at the 30-year-old building will be addressed too in order to create a new look and provide for the building’s long-term viability.
During construction, most activities are continuing at Burns, including the Nifty After Fifty exercise center and Mothers at Work child care program. City recreation staff remain on site, providing customer service and referrals for community resources.
To help fund the $3 million renovation, Lakewood is utilizing over $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.