An estimated 500 people were in attendance on Saturday to mark the official opening and ribbon cutting of the new Cloverdale Recreation Centre. The free family-friendly event included live entertainment, a family BBQ, a bouncy castle, sports activities, face painting, a senior’s tea, community displays, and prize giveaways for those in attendance.
“The new Cloverdale Recreation Centre is a much needed addition to the growing Cloverdale community, where many young families are choosing to call home,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The facility is part of the Build Surrey Program, the largest capital construction program in the city’s history. We are building new recreation infrastructure throughout Surrey in order to create strong, vibrant, healthy communities.”
“The new recreation centre is a beautiful new landmark facility that will offer a broad range of health and wellness programs for all ages,” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “The centre has many welcoming and functional spaces including a drop-in weight room integrated over two levels and devoted fitness studios. There are also three gymnasiums, a wellness room, two preschool rooms, a child-minding area, a youth activity room, a senior’s lounge, and several multipurpose rooms.”
The event also included an unveiling of a public artwork piece produced by Robert Studer, an award-winning glass artist and designer. “Robert is an award-winning glass artist and designer who was selected through a design competition involving 56 artists from Canada and abroad who proposed art work for this building” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Council liaison to the Public Art Advisory Committee. “Robert makes inspired use of Cloverdale images in his work including digitally altered and coloured satellite photos of Cloverdale visible in the diffused glass as part of the Lobby”.
The art work entitle flow is a two-sided coloured light wall measuring thirty feet long and nine feet high. The wall contains eighteen illuminated projection tubes which rotate in response to motion sensors while projecting local community visuals. The reverse side of the light wall contains another artwork entitled planes of perception that contains a series of frames, rectangular diffusing films and dark mirrored glass.
For more information on the programs and services offered at the newly opened Cloverdale Recreation Centre, visit www.surrey.ca/recreation.