By Julia Magsombol 

Local Journalism Initiative

They say Tuesdays are for Taco Tuesdays, but they can also be for volleyball nights — a new featured event at Columbia Lake Recreation Centre (CLRC).

  Located in ?Akisq?nuk First Nation territory, CLRC-hosted volleyball nights are from 6 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays. 

A $5 fee is needed per player, but it’s free with monthly membership. CLRC has two courts available for this event. 

“Our main goal for volleyball nights is to accommodate everyone in the valley, on-reserve and off-reserve, with having a night dedicated to just one sport and also to encourage everyone to come and use our facility,” said Nevada Nicholas, a staff member from CLRC. 

She explained that Jason Nicholas, their previous Interim Recreation Centre Manager, proposed the idea of the volleyball nights, which started with him. It then turned into a great weekly event. This also inspired them to facilitate other sports, such as hockey and basketball nights. 

This is their first-ever featured volleyball night after their public grand opening to in March 2023. 

Nevada Nicholas mentioned that this is not only a summer event but will be available all year round. Their facility is open to everyone, and she encouraged people to drop by the rec centre. 

“We offer volleyball to all ages, and we provide the equipment for any featured event we hold,” Nicholas added. 

She said that they are currently working on holding more featured events in their facility in the future. She also hopes to see the volleyball night and other events continue for a long time. 

“We hope at one point to make this event night into a league that could be year-round. And maybe host a couple of tournaments as well,” Nicholas explained. 

CLRC is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.