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The Phoenix Community Centre at 153 Seekings St. in Headingley has operated for almost 50 years.

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The Phoenix Community Centre at 153 Seekings St. in Headingley has operated for almost 50 years. Photo Store

The Headingley Community Centre at 5353 Portage Ave. is a large, modern facility that’s perfect for big events, but it’s the smaller Phoenix Community Centre that holds a long-term place in local history.

The original Phoenix C.C. dates back almost 50 years, back to a time when its location at 153 Seekings St. was part of the RM of Charleswood. It now has two outdoor hockey rinks, with heated dressing rooms and a canteen in the Hockey Hutch located between the rinks.

Headingley Phoenix Recreation Association president Sandra Miller said about 140 boys and girls are signed up for this year’s hockey season.

As well as hockey, the centre is home to co-ed baseball and girls’ softball teams. A licensed nursery school offers morning sessions for children aged three and four.

Miller said the centre was extensively renovated two years ago, with new flooring, windows and a cooling and heating system installed, kitchen upgrades made and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms created.

Miller chairs a volunteer board comprised of local residents. Their main annual event is the Winter Carnival, which will be held from Feb. 10 to 16 in 2014. It includes a hockey tournament for teams with players aged five and six, and players aged seven and eight. Outdoor skating and tobogganing, along with fireworks, are planned for the Friday evening.

Miller said the carnival has been very successful for the past few years, and last year, a youth baseball tournament was organized in the spring.

"We hope this will become an annual event," she said.

The Phoenix Recreation Association uses the spacious Headingley C.C. as the site for its family movie nights. Miller said the Phoenix facility is more often used for smaller local gatherings.
She said the association always welcomes new volunteers with ideas for events.

"You don’t want to become stale," she said.

A "Headingley’s Got Talent" show might be in the works for the coming year.
For more information on the Phoenix Recreation Association, contact Miller at president@phoenixrec.org

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