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Agricultural and Equestrian Center to be a Resource for Seniors

One of the greatest measures of a town is how well it values, serves, and provides for its seniors. In this regard, Sturbridge with its natural resources and connection with history offers a wide range of opportunities for older adults. The proposed Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian center was designed with this in mind.

Sturbridge has a strong legacy of promoting the health and welfare of seniors, which is something that benefits people of all ages. There are organized activities, opportunities to socialize, and easy access to local amenities. These important connections enable seniors to stay active and thrive with a higher quality of life. 

The SEAC would add to what the town already offers in many different ways. It is intended to augment what is already available and give seniors even more facilities and options for activities and events.

The proposed recreation complex will add to the quintessential New England character of the town as it offers resources to residents of all ages. It will include housing, riding, breeding, showing, and training of horses along with racing. There would be a terraced grandstand, sports bar with in-person and online betting, and a covered pavilion for family-friendly festivals and community events.

As plans were being made, organizers talked with seniors who gave valuable insight into what they needed and what they would like to see on the site. Their feedback has been incorporated into the plans so that the center will benefit the community.

It would help with making deeper connections with the natural beauty of Sturbridge with easily accessible nature trails laid out with all ages and abilities in mind. In total, there would be more than two miles of trails meandering through the forests and wetlands of the property near the Connecticut border. There would be options for quick, short walks in between activities or for longer hikes that could be the focal point of the day.

Seniors would have even more healthy opportunities with a senior-specific outdoor exercise space. With specialized equipment, it would be a place where seniors could come on their own as part of a regular exercise routine or gather with friends for a group workout.

The community gardens would offer another way to come together while offering residents an opportunity to be a part of the town’s farming legacy. Those gardens would have a senior accessible section to make it easier for everyone to grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables. To promote the farming connection further, there would be a farmer’s market featuring locally grown produce.

Another goal of the plan is to make the new resources as widely available as possible. So, In order for more seniors to take advantage of these amenities, there would be regular bus transportation from the Senior Center to the SAEC. 

Once completed, the SAEC would be a place for seniors to find new ways to recreate, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy their unique town.

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