Community Centre Gets Upgrade

Area residents are invited to join Provincial Government and District of Tumbler Ridge officials at noon on June 30 at the Community Centre for the opening of the newest upgrade to the facility.

The joint initiative between the two levels of government will enhance accessibility at the venue, the main gathering place for people in the region since it first opened in October 1984.

The official opening will be conducted by Mayor Mike Caisley and MLA Blair Lekstrom and will be followed by an informal luncheon.

?The Community Centre is an integral part of our community and belongs to the people of Tumbler Ridge,? says Mayor Mike Caisley. ?It has grown and changed in response to the needs and requests of our residents and we will continue to work hard to improve this fantastic facility. This is an exciting initiative for us and we?re thrilled to be able to offer full accessibility to the community centre.?

Home to the Tumbler Ridge Children?s Centre Society, the Tumbler Ridge Public Library and the Tumbler Ridge Youth Centre, the Community Centre boasts a 700-seat arena, a curling rink and lounge, a fully-equipped weight room, banquet and meeting rooms, an aquatics centre, racquetball and squash courts, an indoor playground, and a climbing wall.

The Community Centre underwent major expansion projects during the 1990s and over the years has provided the community with increased recreational facilities.

?Our newest initiative will only enhance what we already have,? Caisley says. ?We encourage citizens to join us for the official opening of the elevator that promises to provide accessibility of the Community Centre to all residents.?