When the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre first opened the doors in March 1985, the potential for its use by senior members of the community could never have been anticipated.
Centrally located in the downtown core, the Centre is a part of the Richard Beckett Building, named in honour of former mayor & MPP of Brantford. The complex includes 63 apartments managed by Brantford Non Profit Housing Corporation.
The 2nd floor of the building became known as the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre. 1990 saw the Centre expand to include the ground floor, with an excellent Games Room offering darts, snooker & pool, and tuck shop.
The East Wing features a weight room, multipurpose rooms, craft/ceramic room, along with community association and business leasing space.
The Centre has evolved from a drop in Centre to become an active, well-programmed facility offering an excellent variety of opportunities.
The Centre is funded provincially through the Elderly Centres Act and municipal support, along with revenue generated through the Centres' activities. It has been supported along the way by the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre Advisory Board, through purchases that enhance the Centre, provincial grants, community grants, personal donations and federally funded New Horizon Projects geared to support the Seniors program initiatives.
The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre is a Parks and Recreation facility in which people 50+ may come together to fulfill many of their social, recreational, health, and intellectual needs. It can help expand their interests, tap their potential and develop their talents. The Beckett Adult Leisure Centre is a vital part of this community and is used daily by many seniors.