June 18, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops and School District 73 were pleased to announce an exciting new partnership at a press conference this afternoon. This partnership involves taking the existing John Tod Elementary School and transforming it into the new North Shore Community Centre.
This unique partnership shows a commitment to support the revitalization of neighbourhoods by taking an existing latent asset and bringing it back to life, as well as promoting health and wellness in the community.
The City of Kamloops and School District 73 have entered into a lease agreement with the proviso that the City of Kamloops will sub-lease the space to community partners, which include the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops and the YMCA/YWCA.
The Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops and the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA are committed to working with the City of Kamloops to develop the concept of a new North Shore Community Centre in the vacated John Tod Elementary School. Through the collective efforts of these three organizations, there is a great deal of excitement about the potential impact that this initiative can have in the promotion of health and wellness of children, youth and families in Kamloops.
"Working together with the School District has allowed us develop a unique solution that benefits all the parties involved and puts a great space to use. This new centre will act as a cornerstone in this neighbourhood, as well as promote a healthy community," said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
"Through this joint venture, the Board of Education is please to see new life breathed into the community. School buildings have traditionally served as the heart of a neighbourhood. The North Shore Community Centre is an excellent use of vacant school district space and creates a valuable community asset," commented Denise Harper, Chair of the Board of Education.
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Barbara Berger, Recreation, Social Development & Cultural Manager
City of Kamloops