Glendale officials joined about 200 seniors at the grand-opening ceremony for the city's new Adult Recreation Center.
After the ceremony, the crowd grew for the free lunch in the courtyard.
Saturday marked the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony after the new center opened its doors in early July. The construction contract for the facility was approved last year, nearly 17 years after the project received $700,000 in seed money from Los Angeles County.
"I'm glad that this has finally come together, and the use has already exceeded expectations," Mayor Ara Najarian said.
More than 400 seniors have filed in each day since the opening to check out the new facility, officials said.
"Since the first day it opened, we keep seeing more people, Community Services & Parks Director George Chapjian said. "All the seniors seem to be telling their friends and family. I just hope we don't outgrow ourselves now."