New YMCA YOUth Centre opens in Timberlea

Community hub ready for youth in eagle ridge

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Contributor


A look inside the YMCA YOUth Centre located at 301 Sparrow Hawk Drive in Eagle Ridge. The centre is a drop-in zone for youth aged 12-17. PHOTO: Kiran Malik-Khan, Connect Weekly

It is a welcome addition to our region. The Eagle Ridge Community Centre was opened to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 7, 2015.

The 2,493 square-metre community centre is operated by the YMCA of Wood Buffalo, which has been serving the region since 1975. It provides community meeting space and programming. There is a YOUth Centre for ages 12-17 with a drop-in zone containing gaming systems like Xbox 360, PS4, and Wii U in addition to Air Hockey, Fooseball, musical instruments, arts/crafts, karaoke machine, and more.

A dance studio, after-school programming and a full-time licensed childcare facility are also part of the building, which is located directly between Walter & Gladys Hill Public School and St. Kateri Catholic School at 301 Sparrow Hawk Drive.

Mayor Blake was on hand for the event, and appreciated the new facility, which will fulfill the demands of the rapidly growing Eagle Ridge area, and of Timberlea in general.

“I’m joyful and exuberant about what we are doing here today. Long before we hit the 125,000 (population) mark, and long before this subdivision was created, we knew we were growing. Fortunately, provincial government says ‘thou shalt allot 10% of land for schools,’ so we knew we would have this space. It started with dreams, and then with efforts. This is the ideal way of bringing everyone together, a community hub,” said Mayor Blake.

“I’m thrilled to see community partners like the school boards, the YMCA, and the Multicultural Association working together to make this facility happen. Take this asset. Enjoy it every way, you possibly can, coming back again and again,” Mayor Blake said.

“I’m thrilled to see community partners like the school boards, the YMCA, and the Multicultural Association working together to make this facility happen. Take this asset. Enjoy it every way, you possibly can, coming back again and again,” Mayor Blake said.

Nick Parkinson, President and CEO, YMCA Wood Buffalo appreciated the partnership between the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and the YMCA.

“Thank you all for helping make this happen. This is going to benefit our youth, and community,” he said.

– Connect Weekly –