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Interior renovations highlight bright year at youth centre

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
August 2nd, 2019

A makeover at the city’s youth centre and new responsibilities have positioned the facility for greater success this year, says the centre’s manager.

Jordan Martin told city council recently that the Nelson and District Youth Centre has had “a significant year with regard to upgrades at the youth centre facility,” as well continuing management of the City Campground and the assumption of managerial duties of the City Parkade.

Martin said the youth centre has also been in collaboration with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, adopted the Maker Space — formally known as the Tech Club — and developed the Nelson Youth Action Network, as well as staging a deeper slate of after school programming.

In late winter the youth centre underwent a significant makeover, said Martin, which included a complete upgrade of the indoor skate park and the addition of an indoor bouldering wall.

“The design for the skate park was done by Andrew Dobson of Folk Skateboards and the work was completed by North Mountain Construction and High-Five Maintenance,” said Martin in her presentation to council.

Various in-kind donations from local businesses helped fund the project, along with an infusion of funding from Columbia Basin Trust, Pow Girls and Tribute Board Shop.

“The upgrades were completed in time for summer use and have been well-received,” said Martin.

The youth centre was initially put in place by the city 22 years ago to “create a safe, accepting and empowering community where all youth can interact and access a variety of activities they need and enjoy,” noted a city staff report.

In addition to the indoor skate park, the youth centre includes a band room, art room, dance studio, basketball court and pool, foosball and ping pong tables.

Parking power

Since taking over the City Parkade’s management, the youth centre staff have instituted several changes, including adding new parking spots to the roof as well as additional motorcycle spots.

“Currently, bicycle parking on the first floor is being considered,” said Martin in her presentation.

The exterior of the parkade will also be given a facelift with two murals planned for its east facing walls as a part of the International Nelson Mural Festival.

Camp in the heart of the city

The youth centre has been managing the city’s campground for several years and it has also been the target of improvements for the coming season.

Open from May to mid-October, the campground for 2019 includes an improved garden area, overnight hosts and a new logo with two grant-funded staff positions.

The campground still includes seven full-service camping sites, 20 sites with electrical hookups, 20 tent sites and four sites for recreational vehicle units up to 40 feet in length.

The campground features shared laundry services, showers and a cooking facility.

The centre is growing

Other notable developments include:

  • partnership with Columbia Basin for Literacy which will include a weekly “play group” starting this fall;
  • adoption of the Maker Space (formerly the Tech Club). The Youth Centre will operate the Maker Space and is currently exploring available grants in order to further enhance programming;
  • development of the Nelson Youth Action Network which involves programming for youth aged 12-18;
  • further development of after school programs and summer camps that “are flexible and affordable;” and
  • weekly youth programming for youth aged 12-22 including the Eazy-Eats food program which was awarded a CBT-CIP grant.

— Source: City of Nelson

The new ramps inside the Nelson Youth Centre have been well used by young riders after upgrades at the youth centre facility. — The Nelson Daily photo

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