The mezzanine at the Hope Recreation Centre has been fully renovated, with new flooring and paint, as well as a new meeting space, workout options and washrooms. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

The mezzanine at the Hope Recreation Centre has been fully renovated, with new flooring and paint, as well as a new meeting space, workout options and washrooms. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

New space, new year at Hope Recreation Centre

Renovations freshen up mezzanine just in time for new year

The Hope Recreation Centre has been transformed just in time for the influx of people looking to transform their bodies.

The mezzanine has been renovated and refreshed to be more welcoming, and to accommodate a wider range of needs for the community. The mezzanine is the centre’s primary fitness location, says assistant manager Mike Freimark. And now, with new flooring, completely renovated washrooms, and bright paint all around, the space has been given new life.

They have created a new meeting space for small groups, updated the concession area into a functional commercial kitchen, and added a water-bottle filling station to encourage people to bring their own reusable water bottles from home.

On a tour of the updated mezzanine, Freimark and new recreation programmer Tamsyn Clarke discussed the new potential for the space.

Clarke points to a long black bar that hangs from the ceiling. It’s the backbone of a TRX suspension training system, and will be featured in classes through the recreation centre now. The beauty of the system is that it doesn’t take up space while not in use, as additional equipment is added for each workout.

That’s all kept in the storage area, along with spin class bikes, yoga mats, exercise balls and all the other accoutrements needed for the centre’s wide array of classes offered.

The new flooring not only brightens up the space, Freimark says it will offer “a little more give” for people when they’re exercising.

And the new kitchen will be the perfect place for the cooking and science programming — classes like Mad Scientists for children, and South Asian cooking for adults.

It’s also going to be a more welcoming space to watch the upcoming Montreal Canadiens Alumni game, where the VIP section will be set up.

There will be an open house in the coming months, but the mezzanine has already been in use for classes.

Clarke encourages anyone who is new to the community, or has made a resolution to get healthier, to drop into the centre and see what’s available.

It’s important to start off on the right foot, she says, and that can mean building a program that meets individual needs — from nutrition to physical activity. And perhaps most importantly, she says, be consistent.

To learn more about what’s available, drop in or check out the online guide at www.fvrd/recreation.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
news@hopestandard.com

@CHWKcommunity
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Left to right) Brandon Kloot, board member with John Kampman, board chair, and Matt Van Muyen, System Principal at Unity Christian School pose with the sold sign on a 8.1 acre property the school has purchased to plan for future growth, November, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Land purchase by Unity Christian will help with future growth

New acquisition ‘promises to be a blessing for the long-term future of our school’ says board chair

Santa Claus makes his way through the Cottonwood Centre shopping mall during his big arrival in 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Santa’s Cottonwood Centre visits in Chilliwack cancelled by COVID

Provincial health orders mean Santa won’t be able to visit children, even with physical distancing

Google Maps screenshot taken at 6:07 a.m.
TRAFFIC: Westbound dump-truck crash on Highway 1

Crash occurred around 6:45 a.m., west of 232nd Street in Langley

Hope Secondary School. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Third COVID-19 exposure at Hope Secondary Nov. 24

School district has lowest rates of exposure in all of Lower Mainland: superintendent

Meaghan Esmeijer delivers fully packed diaper backs to the maternity floor of Chilliwack General Hospital as part of the Southside Church ‘Love them Both’ program. (Submitted photo)
Chilliwack’s Southside Church spreads Christmas cheer with ‘All is Bright’ day

The fifth annual community outreach event happens Nov. 28 with activities throughout Chilliwack

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 887 new cases

Another 13 deaths, ties the highest three days ago

Arthur Topham has been sentenced to one month of house arrest and three years of probation after breaching the terms of his probation. Topham was convicted of promoting hate against Jewish people in 2015. (Photo submitted)
Quesnel man convicted for anti-Semitic website sentenced to house arrest for probation breach

Arthur Topham was convicted of breaching probation following his 2017 sentence for promoting hatred

Langley School District's board office. (Langley Advance Times files)
‘Sick Out’ aims to pressure B.C. schools over masks, class sizes

Parents from Langley and Surrey are worried about COVID safety in classrooms

The baby boy born to Gillian and Dave McIntosh of Abbotsford was released from hospital on Wednesday (Nov. 25) while Gillian continues to fight for her life after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
B.C. mom with COVID-19 still fighting for life while newborn baby now at home

Son was delivered Nov. 10 while Gillian McIntosh was in an induced coma

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. Premier John Horgan, a Star Trek fan, can’t resist a Vulcan salute as he takes the oath of office for a second term in Victoria, Nov. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
Horgan names 20-member cabinet with same pandemic team

New faces in education, finance, economic recovery

A new ‘soft reporting’ room is opening inside the Ann Davis Transition Society offices on Dec. 1, 2020 which is thought to be the first of its kind in B.C. (Ann Davis Transitional Society/ Facebook)
New ‘trauma-informed’ reporting room opening next week in Chilliwack

It’s a space for reporting domestic violence, sexual assault, or gender-based violence to police

The corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada are seen in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The chief medical adviser at Health Canada says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in Canada next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Health Canada expects first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved next month

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine,

The online poster for Joel Goddard, who left his Willoughby home Nov. 10, 2020, has been updated by his family and friends who received word that he’s been found.
Langley man missing since Nov. 10 found alive and safe in Abbotsford

Family of the Willoughby area man had been searching for days. Police find him at Abbotsford Airport

Most Read