There’s going to be lots to see, do and experience at the Grand Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park. This spectacular showcase event on Saturday, October 9, kicks off with a short ‘official ceremony’ – that I am honoured to host – including a plaque unveiling and brief remarks from Mayor Crombie and a few special guests, followed by a variety of entertainment and fun activities for all ages. Volunteers will offer tours of the inside of the building in groups of six. Other indoor activities include a Pumpkin Patch Swim, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and chef demos in our state of the art teaching kitchen. Outdoors will feature family fitness activities, soccer, basketball shoot around, skate pros doing tricks on the skateboard park, storytime on a bus, meet and greet with firefighters, police officers and paramedics, craft time, body art, balloons, buskers, music and more. The playground will also be open. A special nighttime presentation will cap off a wonderful evening together for those with a later arrival time.

Due to COVID-19, there are capacity limits for this event and advance reservations are required. I hope you’re among the 1,000 or so residents that have signed up. As of September 30, about 80 spots are still available for the 8 pm time slot.  The table below offers a glimpse of what’s in store for the four hour event.  Attendees will have to “check in” upon arrival. If you can walk to the centre, please do. Your check in station will be outside at the easterly side of the building. If you’re driving, enter through the south traffic lights opposite Burdette Terrace. Volunteers will check you and  your passengers in while you’re still in your vehicle. I wish everyone who wanted to come could attend regardless of gathering limits, however, that simply isn’t possible. If you weren’t able to secure a reservation for the Grand Opening, I hope you’ll drop by and see this beautiful facility another time.