Elevator Enhances Community Centre Accessibility

Tumbler Ridge?s main gathering place just became even more welcoming.

Provincial Government and District of Tumbler Ridge officials were joined by local residents today in celebrating the installation of a $415,747 elevator at the Community Centre. The two storey municipal building is the town?s main recreational and meeting facility.

?The Community Centre is the hub of our community so this is a key project in bringing residents together,?says Mayor Mike Caisley. ?It?s where people gather in their leisure time for swimming, curling, skating, working out, and racquet sports. It?s where our library, preschool and youth centre are located, and it?s our main centre for community meetings. The new elevator makes the entire building and its programs truly accessible to everyone.?

The 16 person elevator, located off the fireside lounge on the first floor, opens onto the lower linkway between the main building and the aquatic centre. The new elevator was purchased and installed through the combined contributions of the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Province of British Columbia. The province provided a $291,600 grant through its Towns of Tomorrow Program and the District invested an additional $144,007.

Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Community Development and MLA for Peace River South, unveiled a plaque at the Community Centre to commemorate the event.

?Our Government is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to ensure they are meeting the needs of all residents, ?Lekstrom says. ?The Community Centre is vital to Tumbler Ridge and we are pleased to participate in its enhancement.?

The main Community Centre building opened on October 27, 1984 and the aquatic centre began operations on October 20, 1990.