For the last few weeks I’ve been writing about Rec Centre mechanics. I’m impressed by its appearance and function and it’s obvious why the cost of construction and the cost of operation is higher than for other similar-size buildings. A question: given that this is an expensive facility to build and to operate, why do we do it? (I guess we could ask similar questions about several aspects of our hometown: Why do we plant flowers and water them? And trees? Why do we pick up garbage? Why do we cut grass? Why not let everything lie where it falls and the weeds grow naturally. Why not close the Rec Centre and save money?)
Maybe some of the answers should come from you, the users: the swimmers, sliders, skaters, body builders, skate park users, or those just out for a bit of relaxation and a snack. What does the Rec Centre do for you?
So I asked a few people about their experiences and what do I find? Something to write home about and invite my old friends to move to Chetwynd so they can enjoy it, too – that’s for sure!
Said one Rec Centre regular: “I like everything about this place. I swim here every day because I’m too stiff to walk. Staff’s friendly; they’re approachable. The Rec Centre is accessible; the meeting rooms are wonderful.”
Sounds like a place where I could enjoy some leisure time, too!
“And,” says another informant, “this is the hub of the community. We come here to socialize and to exercise – and the food is great. They’ve got senior’s days when the food is discounted.” (“What does it take to become a senior – and, how is a senior’s day different from a senior’s moment,” you ask?)
Now a third regular chimes in: “Here I do fun things with the kids. It’s a wonderful facility! But I have one concern: people need to slow down when they drive past here; slow down, people, please!”
These respondents are truly senior. They’ve put in their time; they’ve earned their right to work out in a first-class recreation facility. Their testimony is believable.
But what about our younger people? Do they have something to say about how Chetwynd is looking after their recreational interests? I’ll ask. So I go back to the Rec to ask but get side tracked at the skate board park. Not a skate board around but, (wow!) those young people on the BMXs do some real magic. It’ll give you a change of attitude just to watch them. “I say, how much time do you spend here?”
“Well, I have a job so I usually spend only about four hours a day here.” Only! I’m impressed! “But see that guy in the white and blue T shirt; he’s here at least eight hours every day.” At least! I’m impressed!
I have a feeling that there is more to see at the Rec Centre. Another week.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor