An extensive makeover is underway at Westdale Community Centre to attract more community area residents and programming to the facility.
That’s the message from general manager Angela Caron, when asked about the highly-visible renovations to both the inside of the main building as well as the outdoor pool at 550 Dale Blvd.
"We’ve been applying for and have received a number of grants," Caron explained. "They have been tremendously helpful in securing new flooring and lighting as well as new paint, mirrors, and ballet bars in the multi-functional upstairs dance studio. The gym has benefited with lines being painted on the floor for volleyball and other sports.
"When hockey season gets underway everyone should notice the new energy efficient outdoor lighting as well."
Caron explained that Winnipeg’s recent long winter wreaked havoc with the construction schedule as she acknowledged that it’s less than ideal that the pool is closed as the temperatures soar and families are looking for places to stay cool.
Heavy equipment finally moved into place roughly six weeks to begin the extensive demolition and reconstruction; work should be complete sometime in August and there will be a brand new gradual, sloped entry to the pool as well as more deck space.
These latest projects complement other recent additions to the facility.
Last year, the club added a multi-layered play structure for kids five to 12 years of age as well as a splash pad with eight in-ground and six above-ground spray features.
Much of this activity is taking place with an eye to the future, as the Ridgewood South subdivision slowly becomes a reality and brings with it a huge influx of families and kids to the area.
This also means a greater need for volunteers so the facility can continue to grow and evolve while meeting the needs of the community.
"For too long we’ve been playing catch-up. We have a new board of directors who want to keep the community together and get people interacting with each other," Caron said. "This is change for the better."
David Hultin is a community correspondent for Charleswood.