On March 27, 1976 the community was invited to the official opening of the new Summerland Recreation Facilities. The construction of the Arena/Curling Complex and the Aquatic Centre was a joint project with the Summerland School District #77 and the District of Summerland. At the time Art Halleran was the Chairman of the School District Trustees and Ken Boothe was the mayor. The Aquatic Centre was built before Penticton or West Kelowna had indoor swimming pools and the arena was replacing the old arena that was located by the badminton hall. Now if we look at our facilities knowing they are almost 37 years old, we must compliment our Recreation department staff. The facilities are clean and very well maintained, what we see and what we can’t see. The mechanical equipment, motors, heaters and piping are maintained and used to their maximum. With major upgrades to the ice plant and heat recovery system at the arena we have many years to use the facility. At some time in the future the aquatic centre will need to be replaced as it becomes too expensive to replace a pool tank, underground piping and meet health and safety regulations. It always amazes me when I hear someone say that they have never been to the pool. The staff provides more than public swims; we have special movie nights, loonie swims, senior sessions, exercise programs (wet and dry) and a full exercise facility or gym filled with a range of fitness equipment, something for everyone. We encourage you to have an orientation with our staff so you feel comfortable and attain your goals.
Brenda Ingram is the Programs and Facilities Manager for the District of Summerland and proud to be a long-time resident of this great community.