Senior Center

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General Information

The Salem Senior Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!!!! The senior program began in 1972 when The Salem Recreation Commission became known as the Department of Parks and Recreation under the direction of Jerry Gwaltney. The senior citizen programming was run by Gertrude Harris, Cultural Activities Supervisor. All divisions operated from the 620 Florida Street office at this time. In August of 1972, a federal grant along with support from the City of Salem began funding the senior program. Four years later the entire program was funded by the City of Salem through the Department of Parks and Recreation. In 1974, the house we continue in today (110 Union Street) officially opened for seniors. The addition was added on the back of the house in 1979 and the senior program still runs today. One thing has never changed through the years at the center, all senior citizens are welcome and encouraged to participate. We offer something for every senior citizen. Stop by the office and we will be glad to show you around and make sure you have a monthly newsletter. Activities, travel, classes, and friendships are what make the Center a welcoming place to come visit.

Overnight Trips


Branson, MO Show Trip

Mackinac Island


Day Trips


2024 Senior Trip List


To sign up for a trip, call our office at 540-375-3054 to make sure there are available seats and then fill out the Trip Reservation Form and bring or mail it to the Salem Senior Center, 110 Union Street, Salem, VA 24153.

February 2024 Newsletter and Calendar



Salem Senior Center Trips Policies and Procedures

Please note this schedule is subject to change due to the pandemic. Trips will also be added as we are able.

All trips will leave from the Salem Civic Center Parking Lot, East side, near the tennis court, (1001 Roanoke Boulevard), where there are plenty of parking spaces, or from the Salem Senior Center. Please make sure you check your trip list to see which place you will board the bus. We will keep you up to date on any changes and/or additions.

  • All day trips must be paid in full upon registration.
  • Payments must be made by cash or check made payable to the City of Salem (unless otherwise stated)
  • Unless otherwise stated per trip, cancellations prior to one week of departure results in a full refund in the event a replacement can be made. Failure to fill vacancies will result in the forfeiture of all non-refundable payments.
  • Cancellations made within one week will result in the forfeiture of all non-refundable payments.
  • All participants must complete and sign a travel participant waiver form for each trip.
  • Trips lacking an ample number of participants will be canceled in advance of payment deadlines and all payments will be refunded.
  • Full itineraries and agendas will be available at the Salem Senior Center.