A place where senior citizens can gather to talk, meet friends and have a good meal has been renamed in honor of a public official who helped make that place a possibility.
St. Peters marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the city’s senior center with its renaming as the Mayor Tom Brown Senior Center, in honor of the late mayor who passed away in 2014. The center, at 108 McMenamy Road, originally opened in January 1986.
A new sign with Brown’s name placed at the center’s entrance was unveiled on Jan. 28, with Mayor Len Pagano and Brown’s family in attendance.
Brown, who served 20 years – from 1984 to 2004 – as the city’s mayor, presided over the city’s greatest growth period, as it became the area center of major residential and commercial development. The city’s population is now estimated at more than 56,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Architect … you know that’s a perfect description,” said Mayor Len Pagano, describing Brown in 2014 after his death from cancer. “He had that vision.”
Part of Brown’s vision was creating a senior center as a place for older and disabled persons in the community. The center provides meals, entertainment and other services to city residents age 60 and older, as well as individuals with disabilities age 18 and older.
The center has a large dining room with a salad bar, an exercise center with workout equipment, computer stations, a small library and an activity room used for exercise and other activities, a billiards room, and a games and crafts area. The city’s Meals on Wheels program also is coordinated through the center.
During Brown’s tenure, the city also built its modern Rec-Plex recreation center – home of the U.S. Olympic Diving Trails in 2004 – and a new city hall.