Saturday, June 4, 2011
Opening of the New Penticton Community Centre - June 4, 2011
Camera in hand I approached the glass front of the building and was amazed at how large the new facility was.
Bubblee Bubblezz the clown, aka Darlene Gruetzbach was also there entertaining children and adults alike in her trademark "joy and laughter" style.
Upstairs I was introduced to Dave Lieskovsky who has worked at the Centre for the past 25.5 years. He told me that he was the city's contact for the whole project and was the liaison between a team of consultants including architects, construction management and project management. According to Mr. Lieskovsky, it would have cost 4 million dollars in upgrading to keep the old facility going. The city applied for an infrastructure grant through the government for a new facility and was rewarded when the grant was approved on Sept 24 2009. The 23 million dollar figure came equally from the 3 levels of government i.e., Federal, Provincial and the City of Penticton.
The pool was shut down March 2010 and in a staggering only 14 month period, our new Community Centre is now open. Apparently most buildings of this magnitude would normally take at least 2 years to complete. As I spoke with Dave I could sense how proud he was to have made such a big contribution to the city through his, I am sure, tireless endeavors working on the project.
The Penticton Community Centre will be open to the public starting on Monday June 6th and there will be free admission from June 6 to June 12 for the public to try out the new facility. I, for one, can't wait to try out the new pool and I might even join the kids on the water slide or take an Aqua Fitness class.
For more information on the recreational activities offered, visit the Penticton Website.