City looking for community groups to step up

By Michael Joel-Hansen
October 4, 2018 - 5:02pm

The City of Prince Albert is in search of a community group to take over the day to day operations of one a community club in the city.

The Parkland Community Club, which is located at 1510 Ninth Ave West has been run by the city since 2017. Derek Blais, recreation manager with the City of Prince Albert, said they were forced to step in due to some unforeseen circumstances.

“The previous operator, they came to us saying they no longer had the resources or the people to operate, so they handed it over back to us,” he said.

The facility includes the building which houses a hall and gym, kitchen, multi-purpose room, skate warm up room, daycare and storage facility. The outside grounds are home to an outdoor skating rink, basketball court, playground and spray park.

Blais said the city prefers to turn over the running of these types of facilities to community groups for a few reasons.

“I think a large part of it is the cost, when you have volunteers that are able to come in and operate the facility like they do at our nine other community clubs, it adds to the community as well,” he said.

The group who submits the winning bid will enter into a lease agreement with the City of Prince Albert. The agreement will be similar to the ones which are currently in place with the other clubs in the city.

Any group or organization that is interested in submitting a bid to take over running the facility is encouraged to go online to the city’s website where they can download an information package. Bids will be accepted until Oct. 31. Once ultimately approved by city council, the winning organization will take over operation on Jan. 31 of next year.   

 

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