Vandals drive through front doors of the South Peace Community Multiplex

As thousands of Peace Region residents have enjoyed the benefits of having such a facility as the South Peace Community Multiplex in their midst, attending the variety of events the EnCana Events Centre and Lakota Centre have brought to the Peace over the past several months, in addition to the new Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre – the old saying ‘it only takes one’ rings true today. It was a very disappointed staff team that arrived for work on Wednesday morning to find management, RCMP and operations staff assessing the damage done to the property and facility during the early hours of the morning.

At approximately 2:53 a.m. on December 10, 2008 the facility’s security camera recorded the incident that resulted in damage to the South Peace Community Multiplex grounds and facility when numerous trees on the grounds, fencing and signage damage as well as damage to the EnCana Events Centre itself occurred.

Snow made it easy to see tire tracks that drove throughout the parking lot, over flower beds, trees, sidewalks and remainder of the complex’s grounds. The facility’s security tape recorded the incident, capturing many details and has now been handed over to the RCMP who is investigating the incident.

Global Spectrum Facility Management’s Gunnar Fox, the general manager at the EnCana Events Centre commented on what he terms a “senseless act.” “You know, it’s just really hard to understand this sort of thing,” he said, assessing the damage. “With all of the time, money and effort having gone into this building, it’s a real slap to the face of the citizens of Dawson Creek. This is the city’s building and as that goes, it’s the entire city and furthermore the region that this type of vandalism affects.”

With the upcoming Jann Arden concert on Saturday, December 13 a mere three days away management is having to re-think how to facilitate the public’s entry into the building. “It’s always about the public, as I’ve said before and this is no different. The damage is done, now we have to pick up the pieces and address how to facilitate the upcoming concert with little or no disruption to those that utilize and enjoy this building – it’s important that this affect them as little as possible,” said Fox . “

At this point EnCana Events Centre staff will take steps to ensure patrons have a safe, easy access and egress to the facility – we can’t allow the grinches to ruin the holidays and festivities for all,” commented Fox. “It’s frustrating for sure… but the incident is now in the hands of the RCMP.

Newly elected Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier, commented, “The City and Global Spectrum Facility Management are committed to having the Event Centre ready to receive all of the people that are coming to see Jann Arden – we will not allow these vandals to get in the way of the enjoyment of this festive season…”

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