Paradise Hill celebrates new Community Centre

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November 29, 2016 12:00 AM

A WHILE IN COMING The Paradise Hill Community Centre had its grand opening Friday, with tours, guest speakers, a concert and, of course, a ribbon cutting. From left to right: ribbon holder Zandyn Fink, reeve of RM Frenchman Butte, Bonnie Mills-Midgley, Paradise Hill Mayor Bernard Eckert, PHCC president Marion Hougham, PHCC past president Ken Fink, North West School Division's Glen Winkler, Lloydminster Saskatchewan MLA Colleen Young, North West School Division's Brian Gaboury, ribbon holder Kennedy Macnab. JAIME POLMATEER LLS PHOTO

The Paradise Hill Community Centre (PHCC) held its grand opening on Friday and, despite a minor hiccup from a power outage, was able to get up and running more or less on schedule.
The opening of the $5-million, 19,000 sq.-ft. facility included a ribbon cutting, tours, speeches by dignitaries and a major cheque presentation from the Fred North Charitable Foundation.
“The first thing that happened was the power went off at 10 a.m., it threw a real loop into our day, but thankfully the power came on just before 3 p.m. and we were able to get up and running as scheduled,” said Neil Macnab, PHCC director.
“Caused a lot of stress, but we were able to get started as normal anyway.”
The new building will take the place of Paradise Hill’s Kinsman Hall, which was built in 1974 and constructed to hold roughly 200 people, because the population of the town’s increased, causing a need for new digs.
The new PHCC includes a daycare, a conference room, and a gymnasium, and will be perfect for the town’s adult fitness classes, Tae Kwon do classes, and as a place for various user groups like 4-H clubs to have meetings.
The facility was also strategically built on land sold by the North West School Division, with a corridor attached to Paradise Hill School, making easy access for the students, who’ll be able to use the PHCC in their daily school activities.
“So the school is in there everyday, it’s their’s to use during school hours, and then they also use it for extracurricular activities, whether it’s sports or drama or anything they need,” Macnab said.
As mentioned, the Fred North Charitable Foundation made a sizable cheque presentation to the sound of $300,000, which was the largest single donation made to the project.
This is added to eight years of fundraising that’s been going on for the PHCC, with the largest event being the annual Summer Bash held the first weekend of every August.
There’s still a $2-million tab for loans to pay down, so Macnab said the Summer Bash is here to stay for at least a few years to come.
The Grand Opening was topped off with a performance by 2010 Summer Bash headliner Gord Bamford, who took the stage after opener Jesse Mast warmed up the crowd.
“Bamford headlined our Summer Bash in 2010 when he was a rising star; he said he wanted to be the first to entertain in the new building,” said Macnab. 
“Thankfully, together we were able to make that happen…a great way to break in the new building.”

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