This is the knotty problem that the Danville Senior Issues Subcommittee had to deal with in regards to its Senior Sneakers trips.
Recreation Services Supervisor Jane Laris said the program, which takes seniors on day trips throughout the area, was popular enough that they were turning away a lot of participants. This ruffled some feathers when Danville residents learned that non-residents were getting in on the trips but they weren't.
"We had some Danville residents who were on waitlists for trips and some of our more popular programs," Laris explained.
She said that nearly all of the Senior Sneakers trips fill up fast, as do many of the other programs. So, at their Oct. 22 meeting, the members of the subcommittee examined how to give Danville seniors an edge in signing up for the programs.
The subcommittee was given four options and chose to create a staggered registration start time, with residents getting a one-day jump on non-residents. According to the town, "residents" refers to those within the incorporated boundaries of Danville. Thus, residents of Blackhawk, Alamo, Diablo, Bettencourt Ranch, Bryan Ranch and other developments would sign up one day later.
Laris said the first run at the new registration method occurred Dec. 16 and seemed to go well. "We've gotten only positive response so far," she stated. "We are doing the best we can to get as many people as we can on these trips. We get up to 40-50 on each trip, as many as we can fit on the bus. And if we have a large waiting list and we can get more tickets then we do offer a second trip."
The second part of the new program would limit the number of trips seniors can take during each registration session. The updated registration form asks the resident to prioritize which trips they wish to go on and officials will try to get them in their top two. Any person looking to register with a friend or spouse can note it on the registration and if there are not enough spots they could be moved down to the next higher priority trip.
Laris said they are continuing to work on making the trips enjoyable and accessible to all seniors in the area.
The Senior Issues Subcommittee meets on a quarterly basis at the Veterans Hall in Danville. Its next scheduled meeting is at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28.