Similkameen Recreation Centre in Keremeos getting upgraded to prepare for summer activities

Rec Centre readies to open

The Similkameen Recreation Centre in Keremeos is getting prepared for upcoming activities as BC enters its restart plan, with a number of facility updates coming to spiff up the centre.

As a central location for year-round sports and wellness programs, the RDOS announced that the facilities will see some improvements over the next few months.

The Multi-purpose Rink will have new lines painted on the surface for spring and summer activities. With four pickleball courts plus lacrosse and futsal lines, clubs have already registered to play pending changes to COVID-19 protocols.

A new liner is being installed over the existing pool basin in the community pool, along with new piping infrastructure, skimmer and return jets, additional deck storage, new heater and pump systems, and additional deck space and seating area when public gathering is permitted.

Bowling lanes will boast a new digital scoring system that will be installed on the five-pin bowling lanes later this summer.

“As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across the province, these updates and improvements will help ensure everyone has access to safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities,” Electoral Area G Director Tim Roberts said in a press release.

Electoral Area B Director George Bush added that the additional energy upgrades planned in 2021 “will help improve conservation and sustainability at the Similkameen Recreation Centre.”

“The Village of Keremeos is excited for residents and neighbouring communities to take advantage of the new updates to the regional facility,” Municipal Director Manfred Bauer stated.

Other projects in 2021 include energy upgrades, executing the first stage of a multi-year landscape rejuvenation project for the Similkameen Recreation Centre grounds, and adding a basketball hoop to the indoor court space.

The facility itself will get upgrades to the building, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the skating rink refrigeration plant.

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