The Kimberley Gymnastics Club has been operating in their building on Crerar Street for many years, but are facing a few problems with the current location. It is small, meaning many programs the club would like to offer have to be postponed, and the building itself is old, likely reaching the end of its useful life.
The bottom line is, the club would like to replace the facility. They presented a business plan to Council last week. The business plan says that costs of bringing the current building up to code are likely to exceed the cost of a new building. The business plan included some estimates for constructing a new building, with the lowest being $650,000.
“They really did an amazing job on the business plan,” said Mayor Don McCormick. “It clearly defines the hill in front of them. An outstanding job.”
McCormick says there is no decision on where the new building would be, thought the fall back would to be build on the existing site.
“I think they may be looking at some kind of land donation from the City, although we don’t have a lot of land available.”
The Club has not asked the City for any funds.
“It is a city-owned facility, but the Club will be applying for all kinds of grants and doing fundraising,” McCormick said.