The BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) today presented its Facility Excellence Award for projects under $1 million to the Trail Riverfront Centre in the City of Trail. The award recognizes
outstanding innovation in facility concept, design development, maintenance or operation in a facility.
The new 15,000 square foot Trail Riverfront Centre serves as the home of Trail’s cultural, literacy and heritage services, including the Trail and District Public Library and Trail Museum and Archives. Since opening in April of last year, the accessible facility has welcomed over 78,000 visitors, patrons and members through its doors, far exceeding all forecasted expectations. The integrated concept allows patrons to flow freely between library and museum spaces, welcoming everyone from young families to seniors.
The increase in patrons has also seen a new cohort of youth who are enthusiastically utilizing the Centre to supplement their education needs.
The Trail Riverfront Centre is centrally located and designed purposefully to reflect the continued impact industry plays in sustaining the quality of life in the region. Exhibits inside the facility tell the socio-cultural history of the community, with particular emphasis on the role sport has played as the social fiber of the community and in raising the profile of Trail on the international scale.
“It is our pleasure to present Trail with this Facility Excellence Award for the Trail Riverfront Centre. This project clearly reflects outstanding design and cutting-edge innovation that provides the citizens of this remarkable small interior town an integrated recreation, historical and cultural experience,” said Rebecca Tunnacliffe, CEO of the BC Recreation and Parks Association.
The Facility Excellence Award is one of four provincial awards presented at the BCRPA’s annual Symposium May 1 in Vancouver. The conference brings together members of the recreation and parks sector from across B.C., including elected officials, volunteers, members of the business community and others interested in enhancing the physical and mental health, wellness, connectedness and quality of life of their communities.