Hays Senior Center

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Where the young at heart come to play!

The state of the art 60,000 square foot Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center focuses on meeting the needs of today’s active seniors. The Hays Center has grown to thousands of members. This success is due to the ever changing programs that are largely manned by volunteers. Fitness of the mind and body with a focus on fun has led the staff to create avenues to meet these needs. Opportunities abound at the Center to meet and greet old friends and make new ones at the many activities, special events and trips.

Center Hours:
Mon-Fri 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am-1:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:00 pm

About the Hays Senior Center

The Fitness Center offers an indoor walking track and over 60 pieces of exercise equipment including treadmills, exercise bicycles, upper body recumbent cycles, total body recumbent steppers, rowing machine, elliptical trainers, and two sets of pneumatic strength training machines along with several flat screen TVs. Yoga, Tai Chi, and video exercises are held in the Exercise Room equipped with a rubberized floor and the latest technology in audio/visual equipment. The Center also has separate billiards and table tennis rooms and conducts tournaments in each several times a year. Two of the most popular features of the facility are the indoor heated pools. One pool is slightly warmer and provides the perfect place to exercise arthritic joints on your own or in one of the many water aerobics classes. The other pool is cooler and has lane markers primarily for swimming laps.

The grandest space in the Center is the 5,000 square-foot ballroom with its 1,720 square-foot hardwood dance floor. Several weekly classes are offered in line dancing, ballroom dancing and Zumba dance exercises. Equipped with a grand piano and a full kitchen, this spacious room provides the perfect setting for festive dinners and receptions. This and other spaces are available for class and family reunions, wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary receptions, and other events in need of a large space. Call for rental information.

Music lovers have the opportunity to join in the weekly jam sessions, gospel sing-along, and an occasional karaoke sing-along. Piano lessons are also available on a limited basis.

Additional amenities include a game room, puzzle room, classrooms, computer lab, library, art and craft studio, multi-use activity rooms, meeting room, art gallery, and canteen. The Hays Center strives to provide a full array of classes and special activities for anyone age 50 and over.


Q. If I am 50 and my wife is 49, can we both join? 

A. We do not have any exceptions to our “50 and over” policy. Your spouse would be able to join once he or she turns 50. 

Q. Is there a family, senior, or military discount?

A. We keep our fees very low in order to allow as many people as possible to join. Our fees are already heavily discounted, only covering 20% of our operating costs, so we do not offer any additional discounts. 

Q. Why don’t you open earlier or stay open later?  

A. We are open 76 hours per week, and the bulk of our members attend during main business hours. Based on attendance, it does not make sense for us to extend our hours at this time.

Q. Do you have transportation to the Hays Center?

A. We are on a city bus route, but do not offer in-house transportation. Individuals with disabilities may qualify for METRO Links paratransit through Rock Region Metro. 

Q. Can my civic club/ bridge club/art club/AARP Chapter meet at the Hays Center at no expense?

A. Our rooms are used daily for activities that are open to all members. For non-member or club uses, we rent rooms in accordance with our rental program.

Q.  What are the requirements / mandates concerning Covid?

A.  There are no requirements or mandates concerning Covid at this time.  We encourage all members to wear masks while in the building.  They may be removed while in a class or exercising.  Also, at this time, food and drink (excluding water) must be consumed in the canteen ONLY. 


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Dustin Free – Director
Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center
401 West Pershing Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: 501-975-4297
Fax: 501-537-0948
Email: Haysseniorcenter@nlr.ar.gov