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The Whyte Ridge Community Centre has huge plans for the future — it just needs some community support.

"We’re always lacking in volunteers," Jonathan Steinfeld, outgoing president of the centre’s board of directors, said. "We need people who are interested in volunteering on a board, we need people who are interested in volunteering maybe once a month, or even just once a year."

Steinfeld said plans for the community centre range from landscaping to a whole new structure and possible field house.

“We have so many different volunteer opportunities, but we can’t do any of these projects and we can’t move forward unless we have people” -- Jonathan Steinfeld, outgoing president of Whyte Ridge Community Centre

"We have so many different volunteer opportunities, but we can’t do any of these projects and we can’t move forward unless we have people," Steinfeld said. "My biggest fear is that every year it gets harder and harder to find people, and eventually when we don’t have people we need to start looking at other things.

"One of those unfortunate things is having to shut the facility down because there is obviously nobody there to run it, or use it."

Steinfeld said he doesn’t like to think too negatively but admits it is getting harder find committed volunteers every year.  This is upsetting not only because of the risk of closure but also because it means postponing the board’s big plans.

"What we are basically looking at is site development," Steinfeld said. "So there are two aspects: one is landscaping and the second is structure. We are still determining whether it will be a separate structure or it will be attached to the existing structure."

The new structure is still in the long-term plans for the community centre, but it could be similar to what Linden Woods currently has.

"It basically enlarges the community centre," Steinfeld said. "And provides a space like a gymnasium."

 Steinfeld said the board hopes to complete the new structure in the next five years.

"Obviously at this stage it’s too early for us to have an exact dollar amount figured out," Steinfeld said. "But when we look at other community centres that have done these types of projects, we’re looking at easily a $3-million project."

The new landscaping may not be completed this year but board members will be surveying the land around the community centre and applying for government grants.

Steinfeld said the plans for the $30,000 to $40,000 in landscaping include improving the trail system surrounding the community centre, planting trees, and possibly a butterfly garden.

"It’s not something that you can do in one season," Steinfeld said. "The butterfly garden isn’t something you can plant overnight. You have to have a very good knowledge of the kinds of plants or flowers that you can have because it’s not something (where) you can go to the store and pick out what you want."

To volunteer at the Whyte Ridge Community Centre, contact Steinfeld at president@whyteridge.ca or visit whyteridge.ca/wp/contact

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