Culver City Senior Center Celebrates Courtyard Reopening
On Monday, November 27th the Culver City Senior Center held a reopening ceremony for its newly renovated courtyard. The beautiful courtyard was renamed and dedicated the Gladys L. Paetzold Courtyard in honor of her generous bequest and years of volunteer service to the Center.
According to her son, Max Paetzold, “she had a little corner in her heart for Culver City, which is really evident in her donation. In her feelings, she was kind of just returning the favor to Culver City for the enjoyment she had over the last years of her life. She really thrived by being a participant at the Senior Center, not only the new one but when it was across the street as well. She swam at the YMCA on Sepulveda and left support for St. Augustine’s Church and the Senior Center because she loved Culver City. Her legacy is that she enjoyed Culver City immensely and her attachment to the Senior Center was much of her just trying to help others and be a citizen with other like-minded folks.”
Speaking at the reopening were Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department Director Corey Lakin and Culver City Senior Citizens Association, Inc. President Myrna Weber.
The Courtyard was renovated to create more open space and program opportunities for Senior Center patrons and facility renters. In addition to Mrs. Paetzold’s behest, funding for the project was provided by the City of Culver City and the Culver City Senior Citizens Association, Inc. Construction began in September 2017.
On-site at the reopening were members of the Paetzold Family, the Mayor, Councilmembers, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioners, City staff from Administration, Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Community Services, the courtyard architects, Culver City Senior Center Citizens’ Association Board members and of course many members of the Senior Center.