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Eagle Village Officially Opens New Rec Center

On February 23, Eagle Village unveiled a bigger, better recreational center for residents, members, and guests to enjoy. The project, which has been under construction for the last few months, features more than 5,000 sq. ft. on the inside, and 1,200 sq. ft. for the covered deck outside. The rec center features one large open space for gatherings and celebrating events, such as birthdays and holidays, instead of the old structure’s multi-room layout.

Members of the Grand Aerie and the Eagle Village board were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new building, including Grand Worthy President Carl Burnett and Past Grand Worthy President and Eagle Village board member Jerry L. Sullivan. 

The new rec center includes resident lockers, pool tables, bingo, a kitchen with a serving window, and will be fully handicap accessible. The building is also hurricane rated. According to Eagle Village Operations Manager Keith McGrath, the old rec center was torn down because it had served its purpose and it was time to invest in a new one. 

Since 1961, five additions were made to the old building, and the gathering space was split into two rooms. Eagle Village decided they wanted a singular, cohesive space so they re-designed the center so it will be more inclusive for the community. McGrath has been overseeing the construction of this project, and he is excited to see the new building come together. 

“It’s something that will benefit all Eagle Village residents and members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles,” he said. 

Eagle Village, located just minutes from the beach in Bradenton, Fla., is a 26-acre community for senior members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, featuring 85 units open to Eagles with at least 10 years of continuous membership. Amenities in addition to the new center include a library, pool, gym, shuffleboard court and a three-acre lake with private lighted path for walking or bike riding. Units have one bedroom and include central heating and air conditioning. 

“Eagle Village is one of the Eagles’ greatest benefits,” said Grand Worthy President Carl Burnett. “We’re excited to have a new recreation center opening soon that will only improve the quality of the Village and serve for many years as a host for great fraternal memories.” 

An Aerie or Auxiliary can support Eagle Village by becoming a permanent fixture at the new Eagle Village rec center. Commemorative gold nameplates and quarry tiles are available for purchase on the Eagle Village page on All donations will go toward the construction costs of the rec center.

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