Elderly, Children to Share Center

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The Los Angeles City Council, by a 12-0 vote, has approved an agreement to lease a city-owned Van Nuys recreation center to a nonprofit group for the operation of a unique day-care program for children and the elderly.

Under the program, the city will lease the White Oak Recreation Center at 17400 Victory Blvd. to the Organization for the Needs of the Elderly (ONE) for $1 a year for up to 10 years.

ONE also is expected to secure a $1-million grant from the Mark Taper Foundation to remodel and modernize the center. In return, the city has agreed to rename the facility the Mark Taper Intergenerational Center.


Since 1985, ONE has operated programs for senior citizens at the city’s Reseda Senior Multipurpose Center, but it has recently outgrown that site. Among the services it provides are day care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

At its new home, ONE plans to mesh some activities for its elderly clients with those of children attending a day-care center operated by the YMCA at the same site. According to a city report, meal-time, exercise and music activities would be shared by the elderly and the children at the ONE facility.