Future of gymnastics club remains an unknown

Lori Barrett and Richelle Gauvin of the North Peace Gymnastics Association made a presentation to City Council inquiring about the future of the club.

At Monday’s City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the North Peace Gymnastics Association made a presentation to City Council. Aside from talking about the role of the club within the community, the future of the organization was also discussed.

The club is looking for a temporary facility where it can carry on its usual activities. In particular they would require a structure that has at least 4,000 square feet of gym space, although more would be preferable as programming was previously maxed out at 6,000.

A ceiling height of 18 to 20 feet would be needed for safe use of a trampoline and uneven bars. Washrooms and changing rooms for male and female members would also be needed.

As for where things stand currently, the City admitted the fate of the gymnastics club gym is unknown as the insurance company has not reviewed the site. There is also no timeline as to when the process will be completed.

“Does the City intent to rebuild or repair the building which housed the gymnastics club? I don’t think we know yet,” Mayor Lori Ackerman said. “I’m not sure if the insurance has even taken a look at things because a report has not come to Council yet.”

Ackerman added the City will work with the gymnastics club as much as possible moving forward and will keep them informed once it’s determined what will happen to the gym, as well as potential temporary solutions.

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