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Since the Oak Bluff hall and arena was built in the mid-1970s the surrounding community has grown immensely.
Residential growth is likely to continue and will place more demands on the Oak Bluff Recreation Club volunteers that run the recreation centre at 101 Macdonald Rd.
"Our biggest concern is ensuring that we have enough volunteers to keep the facility operating," said club president Brent Sadler.
He said the club has about 16 volunteers who look after areas such as hockey, ringette, baseball, soccer, rentals, finances and fundraising. A general call for volunteers last year worked to bring in some new people.
"For the different community events we need a big board."
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The centre building was originally constructed thanks to the efforts of a group of local residents who formed the club in 1968 and began raising funds to build a hall and sports complex. In 1974-75, the hall and skating rink were built with much of the work undertaken by volunteers. Artificial ice was installed in 1984.
Renovations made within the past five to 10 years include replacing the roof and ice plant and installing a commercial kitchen, as well as making sure the washroom facilities are up to code. The club contracts an icemaker who also manages the arena.
The hall is rented out for weddings, socials and community events such as a Halloween dance and Santa breakfast. It is also used by the Macdonald-Headingley Recreation Association and Macdonald Services for Seniors, among other outside organizations.
A Chase the Ace fundraiser is now being held on Thursday evenings.
Sadler said the baseball diamonds are shared with Oak Bluff Community School and used for youth baseball programs. Youth soccer is played on fields located within Oak Bluff Estates.
For more information on Oak Bluff Recreation Club, see www.obrc.ca
Andrea Geary St. Vital community correspondent
Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital and was once the community journalist for The Headliner.