Development continues for Ponoka Gymnastics Club

Development at the new site for the Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club is well underway

Members of the Ponoka Gymnastics Club pull children from the crowd for their Gymnastics in the Park show

Members of the Ponoka Gymnastics Club pull children from the crowd for their Gymnastics in the Park show

Development at the new site for the Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club is well underway, directly south of the Wolf Creek Public Schools central office.

“They have just started,” explained planning and development officer Betty Jurykoski. The earthwork for the site is complete and applications for plans and permits are being processed.

“It was a bit of a confusing situation,” said Jurykoski. The club was initially going to build on county land and the applications had been approved. However, after it was decided the county location was not ideal, all the documents had to be switched over to the town.

New Eden Worx will begin constructing the metal framework of the building in mid-September and club treasurer Annette Fenske says, if all goes well, the building will be complete in January.

Mark Hanson of New Eden Worx will be involved in the project. “He helped with the construction of the ag centre, so he’s quite knowledgeable,” said Fenske

The 70 by 130 foot building will include a mezzanine, two upstairs rental rooms, a downstairs rental party room, a concession, a walking track, which will be open to the pubic and an exercise room with a viewing area of the gymnastics floor; also open to the public.

The building’s foam pit is valued at $10,000 and Fenske says the club is taking recycling bottle donations from the community to cover the cost. Approximately $5,000 worth of bottles has already been donated. Benefactors will be recognized at the foam pit.

The club is also seeking corporate sponsors, whose advertising will be featured within the building.

The club’s current building is located on 49th Avenue, beside the Rowland Parker and Associates building.

Fenske says the club’s current building was going to be demolished before construction of the new one was complete and would like to thank the accounting firm for allowing them to remain there. “They’ve been gracious enough to let us stay.”