Glacier Peaks Gymnastics finds a new location close to Wilmer. Photo by Erin Knutson

Gymnasium Vacancy brings new prospects for Radium

Columbia Valley Gymanastics Club vacates former school gymnasium

Glacier Peak Gymnastics Society has left their notice with the Village of Radium Hot Springs that they will be vacating the former school gymnasium, leaving the Village on the look out for a new tenant to fill the vacancy.

“Primarily the reason behind it is that they don’t have sufficient ceiling height for a lot of the gymnastics work, especially the trampoline work that they need, so they’ve found a facility in Invermere with the correct ceiling height and they’re moving out” said Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Village of Radium Hot Springs Mark Read, at their November 22nd meeting.

Alyssa Chaykowski, head coach at Glacier Peak, clarified further that the gymnasium in Radium was used for storage by the nonprofit organization. However, they recently moved to a new location in Invermere and now have space for all their equipment under one roof.

Mr. Read asked council if they would like him to find a permanent tenant or if they should market the facility for multi-purposes like pickleball and senior functions.

“I think it would be nice to be without a tenant for awhile. That way the facility can be utilized by others, whether that be seniors who are doing shuffleboard, or other organizations looking to use the space — I think it would be a great option for them to use the facility,” said councillor Mike Gray.

Rent was a concern but with a monthly rental fee of $300, council wasn’t overly concerned with losing the income, especially with heat costs being covered by school board and virtually no expenditures on behalf of the Village, according to Mr. Read.

There is also a climbing wall located at the facility and council was hopeful that it would be taken over by the correct facilitators, but either way, council affirmed that having the free space was a new opportunity for Radium.

“It will broaden some prospects for us,” said Mr. Gray.

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