GLEN ALDA — The Glen Alda Community Centre may soon get a facelift valued at close to $147,000.
At its Tuesday meeting, North Kawartha Township council directed staff to apply for an Ontario Trillium grant for 100 per cent of costs for improvements to the centre’s interior and parking lot, making them more accessible.
The centre is located about 20 kilometres northeast of Apsley on County Road 620 in a century-old schoolhouse that was retrofitted into a community centre about 40 years ago, said Gary Geraldi, the township’s parks and recreation/waste management director, in a presentation to council. It is equipped with a banquet hall, large kitchen, two washrooms and a basement for mechanical equipment and storage.
Over the past few years, upgrades have been made to the exterior grounds, including new playground equipment, picnic shelter, a barbecue area, a park-like setting, storm water drainage and a newly constructed and relocated parking lot, he said.
The community centre hosts a Glen Alda seniors club and, prior to COVID-19, the facility was used on a regular basis for recreation and social gatherings by community groups and families, according Geraldi’s report.
“Now that the exterior grounds have been renovated, it is in need of renovations and repairs to the washrooms, kitchen, entrances and parking lot,” the report states.
Costs to upgrade are estimated at $118,680 for interior renovations and $27,958 for the parking lot, which needs paving for accessibility and health and safety reasons.
Although the community centre is used by the general population in the community, most patrons are seniors, and a gravel parking lot is not accessible and the uneven ground and potholes are difficult to navigate with walkers, canes and wheelchairs, the report states.
The current washrooms are not accessible, with flooring that can be a tripping hazard, the report continued. In the kitchen, countertops, an island and floors also need to be replaced for accessibility, health and safety.
Installation of a proper ramp to the parking lot will allow an accessible rear entrance and exit with an automated door. The front concrete landing and stairs require refurbishing with a new railing, new lighting, front door and accessibility improvements.
The Trillium grant is intended to support Ontario’s recovery from the pandemic, the report states, providing repairs, renovations or retrofitting for non-profits, Indigenous communities and municipalities for existing sport and recreation facilities.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner