In 2018, Collegedale Parks and Recreation Department started a new program called Senior Stretch. This past year, the attendees decided on a new name and now each week hosts the “55+ Friday Club.” Designed to give anyone age 55 and over a place to socialize and exercise, the program offers educational opportunities to stretch the mind as well.
In early November, nine members of the “55+ Friday Club” signed up for a local exploratory trip with the Jeepsters Hillbilly Jeep Turs. The tour included riding in customized Jeeps with a personal tour guide. The Hillbilly Jeep Turs included history, learning, adventure and fun, not to mention some amazing views.
Three Jeeps arrived to pick up the group at the front of the Tennessee Aquarium. The group made their way down Broad Street to the top of Lookout Mountain, making one stop at the Craven House on Lookout Mountain. As they were traveling, the drivers (tour guides), in each Jeep shared information and facts about the history of the Tennessee Aquarium, shops along Broad Street, TVA, Lookout Mountain, Rock City and the Civil War. After the tour, the group dined at Pucketts Grocery and Restaurant for lunch.
The “55+ Friday Club” meets between 9-11 a.m. at Collegedale City Hall each Friday. All activities, including special programs, guest speakers, games, outdoor activities and strengthening, stretching, and balance exercises, are free to participants. Members are notified about upcoming social activities, such as cookie decorating, pickleball and nature hikes.
If you are interested in joining the “55+ Friday Club” and would like more information, contact Collegedale Parks and Recreation Department at 423-468-1971, or go to their website at www.collegedaleparksandrec.com.