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Sports centre unparalleled in the North
It’s twice as big, but really, at least four times better.
What was previously known as the Prince George Golf and Curling Club facility will soon have a new name that encompasses what it truly has become … a sports centre.
The new name will encompass the more than $1 million worth of upgrades that are nearing completion; upgrades that have brought golf, tennis, curling, and a new climbing wall all under one roof, figuratively, not literally.
“This is Prince George’s newest, completely public recreation centre,” said Prince George Golf and Curling Club secretary/treasurer Kyle Storey Tuesday. “This facility has been transformed, in a matter of months, to one of the comprehensive sports facilities in the North, even the province.”
Northland Dodge’s land purchase for a new dealership opened the door for the changes allowing, and helping to fund, the addition of tennis courts and the climbing wall to the already existing golf course and curling rink. The recreation facility has doubled in size.
“We are extremely proud, and happy, to have forged partnerships with the other stakeholders and see this as a new beginning and new future for Prince’s George’s newest recreation facility,” Storey said.
Those partners are the Prince George Tennis Club and OverHANG Education Centre.
“OverHANG Education Centre is glad to finally have a home,” said Lauren Phillips of the centre. “It’s been a long process. We’re excited to bring indoor climbing, outdoor climbing, and all sorts of outdoor adventure safety and fitness opportunities to Prince George.”
As for the tennis club, which has been around for decades, the new, lighted courts, will be wonderful, said Rob Prideaux.
“We’ve had a variety of locations, but never had a really permanent home,” he said. “Not only will we have a permanent home, but the ability to have people playing a variety of sports and all the advantages that come with that.”
Not only are there shiny new tennis courts, half of the courts are painted with pickleball court lines. Pickleball is similar to tennis, but with a ball that moves more slowly.
All the sports facilities at the new centre enjoy the benefits of having an established, existing restaurant and lounge, which is open to the public. As a matter of the fact, all the facilities are open to the public. All three organizations – golf, tennis, and curling – are dropping the ‘club’ moniker as it has connotations of exclusivity. Anyone can use the new facilities, whether golf, tennis, curling or climbing, without being a member of anything.
If you want to check out the new facilities, there will be an open house there on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.