New gym club building gets closer to completion

Directors with the Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club can hardly contain their excitement over the construction of their new building.

  • Feb. 11, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Project manager Mel Hanson

Project manager Mel Hanson

Directors with the Ponoka Gymnastics and Trampoline Club can hardly contain their excitement over the construction of their new building.

The foundation has been laid, all the walls are up and the goal is to take over occupancy in April, says project manager Mel Hanson, with New Eden Worx.

Not only is he overseeing the project, but Hanson is also a coach with the club and he feels this will be a great building to train in.

“It’s very exciting because this will be one of the finest (gymnastics) facilities in the area when it’s done,” said Hanson.

The club has some big goals with the building, said Heather Bendera, club chairperson. A mezzanine has been constructed for party rentals and a walking track will be installed around the perimeter of the inside of the gym. She says it will be open to the public.

The 9,200 square foot space, along with the added 2,000 square feet of mezzanine, includes two large trampoline areas and a foam floor to help train young gymnasts. The building will also be equipped with bathrooms, change rooms and a kitchen.

The move is something Bendera looks forward to. “For the younger ones, it’s exciting because you’re going to have the time and the facility to train.”

The club has come up with some unique fundraising efforts to help pay for some of the extra work. Anyone wishing to support the project can purchase one of the 100 sheets of four by eight foot plywood pieces for $30 that will make up the interior wall of the building.

“You get to customize it however you want,” said Bendera of the incentive.

Hanson says the club has enough money to have the building and bathrooms ready for use but the mezzanine addition and other plans need additional funding.

Treasurer Annette Fenske said anyone wishing to take part in the sponsorship program can call her at 403-783-9981.