The Terry & Hazeldeane Carpenter Intergenerational Center is located in Terrytown, Nebraska and sits on eleven acres of land. This multi-purpose community center was built in 1996 and includes a building with 20,000 square feet. Located on its grounds are a 2/5 mile walking path, two sand volleyball courts, a soccer field, two softball fields (one with lights), bleachers and a snack shack with restrooms.
The Center offers a variety of programs and services to residents of Scotts Bluff County. The Carpenter Children’s Center is licensed for 80 children ages 18 months to 12 years and is located on the North side of the building. Transportation to and from school is available for any child enrolled in day care. The Terrytown Head Start program is also located in the Center. One full-time teacher and two aides facilitate this program, while 14 students attend during the traditional school year.
Valley Alternative Transitional School (VALTS) is an alternative high school with students from three school districts. Educational Service Unit #13 directs this program. Two full-time teachers and one full-time administrator work with approximately 40 students during the traditional school year. The on-site computer lab is also used by the VALTS students and is available to the public for adult night classes. A total of 18 Dell and Compaq computers are networked together with internet access.
A food service area is also used daily to prepare breakfast, lunch, and snacks for children in daycare and Head Start. The spacious lobby area includes high ceilings with numerous windows. This area also includes restrooms, a counter that is attached to the kitchen and the administrative office for the Village of Terrytown, as well as the administrative office for the Center. An 8,000 square feet gym with a seating capacity of 250 is used for indoor recreation, junior high volleyball and basketball practices, games and tournaments. The Center’s daycare and Head Start children also use the gym frequently.
The fitness buff also has a place to workout during the week. A 4,000 square feet fitness center, complete with weight machines, Olympic weights, treadmills, exercise bikes, and Eliptix machines is open to the public for a membership fee. Locker rooms equipped with showers are available for both men and women. During the summer months, local junior high and high school teams use the softball diamonds. A church sand volleyball league also enjoys using the facilities.
In the fall, softball diamonds are in full use, as Gering High School conducts all of its practices and home games at the Center. A junior tackle football league is very popular with participants from third to sixth grade. During its first year of operation, the fifth and sixth grade junior tackle league drew 100 players and 20 volunteer coaches. The year 2001 will be the first for a third and fourth grade league. Both leagues are expected to draw a minimum of 100 players each. All games are played on Saturday morning on the Center fields.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development helped to build the multipurpose facility that consists of meeting rooms and a community center. Through this construction, DED enabled Terrytown to expand and develop the Intergenerational Center. Today the Center serves people of all ages from the city of Terrytown and many surrounding communities.
Carpenter Intergenerational Center – Terrytown
Rick Zubrod (DED Representative)
(402) 471-3762 • (800) 426-6505