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Crossman Community Centre nears completion

Friday, August 26, 2011

Times & Transcript

Location: A1

Topics: Sports/Tourism, Miscellaneous

New gym, walking track added to Lewisville facility as Phase 2 of renovations nears end

It's been a long road for Lewisville residents working to revive the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena, but the end is now in sight.

Enlarge Photo RON WARD/TIMES & TRANSCRIPTThe new gym at the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena will officially open in mid-September but everything should be completed by the end of next week. The centre, which escaped demolition almost a decade ago, will see the second phase of renovations completed next month, and the City of Moncton and neighbourhood residents couldn't be happier.

"We have added a gym, locker rooms, and a walking track," said Jocelyn Cohoon, director of leisure services with the city.

The gymnasium is regulation-size, and features Mondo Advance Prefabricated Rubber Flooring, 148-seat retractable bleachers, state-of-the-art hydro stations for water bottle refills, and separate locker rooms, each with showers.

The walking track is located above the gym, and is 100 metres long with Mondo Sports Flex Flooring.

The project is worth just over $3 million, with the Canadian government (through ACOA), the province, the city, and the Kay Community Centre Foundation all chipping in to make this possible.

"This is all for community use, and we'll also be renting out for private fitness and judo lessons. We want to be as accessible as possible," said Cohoon.

"This is a great place for the community."

The centre was originally the Kay Arena, named after Harold Kay, the Lewisville village deputy mayor who had a big hand in getting the original arena built. Kay died a decade ago, but his legacy lives on through the commemoration. The new arena is also named after former Moncton councillor Norm Crossman, who died a few years ago after four decades of service to the city. He was also mayor of Lewisville until it was amalgamated with Moncton in 1973.

When the Red Ball Internet Centre with its four ice surfaces was built, the city wanted to close down all the community rinks. But Lewisville fought back, and got funding from the various levels of government and through fundraising efforts. Moncton then built the community centre and the first phase was open to the public in 2008.

Now, with the new renovations, the facility is looking better than ever.

"These venues are very important. It's great to have the walking track, as seniors will be able to use it," said Ward 1 Coun. Paulette Thériault, whose ward includes the neighbourhood.

"With everyone dying of cancer, we need to take steps to prevent such things. We need to keep people healthy.

"The building is not too big, and people won't be intimidated. It'll be easy to get around."

Rob Toogood, treasurer of the Kay Community Centre Foundation Inc., said it's been a long but worthwhile road to get the facility to where it is today.

"It's been nine years since this all started. We wanted to keep the rink open. We went knocking at doors, and realized this wasn't about the rink," said Toogood.

"People were also looking for other things.

This facility is much more comfortable," he said.

"If people are timid about exercising, this is a good place to start. It was apparent that a lot of people wanted to get involved. The city has made our dreams a reality. We never thought we'd be the envy of the community."

Work is wrapping up, and the official opening will be Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. Barbecue will be served and there will be lots of games and activities for all ages.