The City of Rio Rancho has announced the grand opening of the much-anticipated Broadmoor Senior Center, 3241 Broadmoor Blvd., just north of UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.

The city will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the new facility Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All residents are invited to join in this celebration.

“The City of Rio Rancho continues to invest in the quality of life of our citizens with the expansion of senior services and resources to City Center,” said Mayor Gregg Hull. “Because of the great partnership between the city and UNM Health Sciences Center, we are able to provide much-needed and long-awaited resources to more of our senior population.”

Construction on the new Broadmoor Senior Center is complete.
(Gary Herron/Observer)

The Broadmoor Senior Center will host a variety of life-long learning activities and services for area senior citizens, such as health, fitness and nutrition classes; art, cultural and technology activities; social events; and weekday meal service provided by Sandoval County Senior Services.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 11 and feature speakers Hull, New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez and SRMC President and CEO Jamie Silva-Steele.

Tours of the senior center and an open house will follow until 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Broadmoor Senior Center, the second senior center in the city, has its origins in 2016, when the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department awarded $3.4 million from voter-approved general obligation bonds for senior facilities to the City of Rio Rancho, with $3.366 million for planning, designing and constructing a new senior center.

Another $34,000 was allocated to Art in Public Places.

In 2020, the city and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center entered into a land-lease partnership, enabling the senior center to be constructed at its current location. Construction of Phase 1 began in July 2020 and was completed this summer.