Heather Rennebohm, Jason Nicholas, Kathryn Teneese, and Bryan Armstrong, at the grand opening held Thurday, June 27th, for the new rec centre. Photos by Lorene Keitch

Akisq’nuk celebrates grand opening of Columbia Lake Recreation Centre

Years of planning leads to new building on Hwy 93

The Columbia Lake Recreation Centre was officially opened last Thursday, June 27th, in a ceremony recognizing the history of the centre and the donors that made the new facility possible.

Councillor Theresa Kains welcomed the guests on behalf of Akisq’nuk Council, saying “We’re excited about this and really proud. So tell all your friends!”

Councillor Jason Nicholas was been heavily involved in the planning stages of the centre alongside economic development officer Heather Rennebohm. Mr. Nicholas remarked that the first study for this recreation centre took place in 1983, when he was just two years old.

“I took part in that study – it was two thumbs up,” he said with a grin.

In October 2017, Council approved the new rec centre and in December, the sod was turned for construction.

“Construction went by like hotcakes. Bang, bang, bang,” Mr. Nicholas described. He noted that while there have been several events and activities through the centre already, one that stood out to him was a 3-on-3 basketball tournament recently for Akisq’nuk youth.

“That made me so happy. It’s truly a dream come true,” said Mr. Nicholas.

Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair, praised the centre and the legacy of sport in the Ktunaxa.

“We know how important it is to be able to do something like sport, and we share with each other a friendly competition. But also share with each other team building, we share with each other the idea of pride in who you are and what you’re doing. And that’s so important,” said Ms. Teneese. “I look forward to creating more history, more memories, and more camaraderie, team building, all of the things that come from participating in sport.”

For scheduling and more information on the new centre, located at 3050-Hwy 93, visit www.columbialakerec.ca.

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