Just the Facts – What you need to know about the Columbia Valley Centre

The Columbia Valley Centre is one of the biggest municipal building ever to be constructed in our Valley. A project of this size naturally generates expectations, perceptions and ideas that may not be based in facts.  There are several comments we’ve heard that belong in the category of MYTHS. Let’s try to clarify some of these.

Myth: There won’t be a view of the mountains because all the windows face the street.

Facts: The Centre will have large windows facing south east toward the mountains as well as the ones we can see now from the street. The Library’s walls will be 70% glass.

The 360 degree view from the rooftop patio will showcase the lake and the mountains on both sides of the Valley.

Myth: There will not be a kitchen in the Centre because it was cut for budget reasons.

Facts: A commercial kitchen is part of the construction. The space is being finished with plumbing and electrical fittings. Raising funds for the kitchen appliances and furnishings are part of the mandate of the Fundraising Committee.

Myth: The Centre is only going to be for arts activities such as concerts, plays and movies.

Facts: The Centre is designed as a multi-use facility. As well as arts activities, the Centre will host banquets, fundraising events, and sports activities such as Rod & Gun Club training and CV Rockies dry land training.

The first major event booked for the Centre this fall is the Western Canada Judo Interprovincial Training event, bringing 350 competitors and their families to the Valley.

Myth: The building will be empty much of the time. It could be open to vandalism.

Facts:  The Invermere Public Library will be a permanent tenant in the building ensuring there is staff present most of the daytime. Evenings and weekends will be filled with programs and activities.

Myth: There isn’t much in the Centre for youth.

Facts: The library will hold as many programs for young people as their staffing allows. There will be more program space in the new Centre than in the current library so more people can attend.  The Summit Youth Centre will be right around the corner in the old library space.

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