Recreation Report

 
Chuck Jensen
 
This week our district schools started their sixteen-day holiday, their annual spring break. Spring of course started on March 20. While the students are very excited by these days of freedom, perhaps the parents might be looking for ideas on how to keep them busy. Perhaps you might also have some visitors and their children whom might be looking for some activities.

The staff at the community centre has information on activities within the community centre, but also opportunities throughout the whole community. In the short term over the winter, the community centre has looked after visitor information, but that responsibility will soon be moved back to the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Information Centre.  The town has a reasonably new community development officer, Kelly “Elvis” Bryan, who will be overseeing the Tumbler Ridge information center.
 
To start with, the Tumbler Ridge community centre is a great place to play indoors. There is a playground upstairs of course, but much more to enjoy this spring break season. The aquatic center has swimming pools, a hot tub, a steam room, and a sauna, while the adjacent Rock Pit gym and weight room offers treadmills, bikes, free weights, and trained staff.  Check the schedule for aquatic center and pool opening times. Hours in the aquatic center are extended during spring break for your convenience. We do have a lot of young aquatic staff so I appreciate your support during this period while they gain experience. 
 
The community centre also includes great facilities like squash courts, racquetball courts, and many choices of fitness classes such as yoga, boot camp aerobics, and more. Plus there is a teen centre with a climbing wall, games, and other activities. The community centre also hosts a senior’s corner for adults interested in some social activities. The ice season is over in the arena as of March 13. Once again, thank you to all those who coached, organized, played, and cheered. The curling club will continue to be open for a few short weeks yet. Closing date for the curling club is April 3.
 
Spring break activities in the community centre include sports, crafts, and laughs every day from 10:30 a.m. through 12 noon with our programmer, Joy Mackay. The well-stocked Tumbler Ridge library is offering spring break programs. Drop into the library for a schedule of activities. There are movie matinees at the community centre lead by Roxanne, to enjoy on March 23 and 30. Come on down and enjoy.  Plus the town has a couple of great places to rent movies to watch them a second or third time in your own home.
 
In the great outdoors there is still plenty of snow throughout our area. You can choose from cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow mobiling and more. For those using the golf course, I kindly request that the greens not be driven over to avoid damage to them. Tumbler Ridge is a great area to hike, in fact there are thirty hiking trails, many of which are close to town. This time of year, there is a requirement for preparation and a real knowledge of the area before venturing out. In the meantime, there are some great walking areas right here in town, many of which I personally enjoy.
 
The Tumbler Ridge golf course is moving closer to being opened. That opening date will of course be weather dependent. I am suspecting late April or early May. I am hoping to announce soon that we have secured a golf pro to give lessons this golf season.
 
For more information on the community centre or golf course, drop in to the community centre or give our staff a call at 250-242-4246. Remember, Tumbler Ridge is the easiest place in the world to get fit and stay healthy. 

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Recreation Report

Chuck Jensen, Director of Community Services

I had a discussion this week with Apex, the engineering firm responsible for the community centre building envelope project. The engineer expects the contractor, Silex, to be on site as of April 1. They are expected to complete the remaining work by the end of July in time for Griz Fest.

Although the date is not yet determined as of the writing of this article, there would be a formal grand opening ceremony marking the completion of the project. We were fortunate to get some support from both the federal and provincial governments through Western Diversification, and Towns for Tomorrow grants, for this project, and it has been appreciated. (Editor’s note: at their February 21 meeting, council approved an extension offered by the Western Diversification Recreation Infrastructure Canada Program, which will keep the federal funds supporting the project until October 31. After that, any costs incurred will be borne by the District of Tumbler Ridge).
 
Presently the building envelope project is about seventy-five percent complete. There remains the front of the building, the sunroof above Sheila’s, some steel work, doors and windows, some roofing, and some interior work to complete. The engineer is not anticipating any problems at this point. There will be some inconveniences for our customers over the next few months which our staff will try to minimize to the best of our ability. Thank you to all our customers for your understanding in the past and future as this project is completed. 
 
It is very hard to believe that we are at the end of another ice season at the Tumbler Ridge community center. The arena ice will start to be removed on March 13. It should only take three of four days to clean up. The arena hosted some great minor hockey tournaments this season, along with their regular games, and the adult and old timer hockey nights. Hopefully, with the likely expansion of the mining sectors, and resulting increased population here in Tumbler Ridge, minor and adult hockey, and figure skating, will return and resemble their glory years.
 
All the people who were involved in organizing hockey and figure skating, those who coached or participated, deserve a lot of credit. On behalf of the staff of the community centre, I thank them.  The curling ice had a late start getting in with the building envelope project, so their ice will remain in for a short time yet.
 
It seemed like yesterday that I was writing that our Tumbler Ridge golf course was closing soon for the 2010 season. Now I am happier to announce that we are getting prepared to be ready for the 2011 golf season. We have an advertisement in the paper this week for golf course jobs. This is a great golf course, and we want to put together a team to make this the best golf course possible. There are already some events scheduled, including a Zone 8 meeting on April 16, a Tumbler Ridge library golf tournament, a TR Cares golf tournament in June, and the Zone 8 tournament the end of May.
 
If you have any comments or suggestions for the community centre or golf course, please drop in and talk to our staff. We also have the suggestion box in the lobby of the community centre. The most recent “Active Living, Healthy Living” brochure is being sent out through this paper. If you didn’t receive your copy, come by the community center to receive one. 

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