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The Southside Centre is located on 10128 95 Avenue in Fort St. John. It is free for everyone.

Fort St. John youth will get to spend the cold days of winter in a heated, fun environment starting Friday, September 11th.

The Southside Centre is officially opening in the city, in a convenient downtown location.

Director of Community Services Sarah Cockerill says the new building can accommodate up to 120 youth.

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The Southside Centre is a 16 week pilot project, to determine if the there is a need in the community for a full time youth drop-in centre.

Two City Staff will be running the drop-in, and the City is always looking for volunteers to help plan events.

Meanwhile, Cockerill says there will be a code of conduct everyone must follow in the building. She says theft, abusive language and substance abuse will not be tolerated.

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The Grand Opening Celebration set for Friday will have music, free pizza, Wii Games, a draw to win an I-pod Shuffle, and more.

Cockerill says the City might block off a portion of 95th Avenue for skateboard demonstrations.

The Southside Centre is free for everyone and is located at 10128 95 Avenue. It’s one block from the skateboard park.

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