PICO RIVERA – Senior citizens will soon have more room to stretch, bend and jump at the Pico Rivera Senior Center, thanks to $200,000 in federal funds delivered by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk. The funds, delivered Wednesday by Napolitano, will be used to add a new fitness room and new meetings rooms at the heavily-used center on Mines Avenue. “It’s awesome, great and a wonderful thing for the senior center,” said Adriana Almaguer, supervisor at the center. “We are all very excited.” The funds came via an appropriation through a federal Transportation and HUD subCommittee after Napolitano submitted a request on behalf of Pico Rivera. “She knew there was a growing need for an expansion at the center and wanted to do something to enhance the quality of life in Pico Rivera,” said Luann Canipe, press secretary for Napolitano. The center is used by about 6,500 seniors a month, with about half regularly using the fitness room, so the need for a larger workout area has grown in recent years, said Almaguer. “A lot more seniors are health conscious and want to work on controlling disease and we are also starting to see a lot more baby boomers coming in who want to stay fit,” she said. “So it has been getting more crowded lately.” Treadmills in the fitness room were moved to another room because of a lack of space, she said. Almaguer said no date has yet been set for the start of construction at the center. It will be the first expansion of the center since it opened in 1989. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!