Saanich’s Commonwealth Place will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. with a cake cutting ceremony, a spin wheel with prizes and plenty of memories to be shared. (District of Saanich)

Saanich Commonwealth Place marks silver anniversary

Celebration set for Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of recreation complex

Saanich Commonwealth Place commemorates its 25th anniversary with a public celebration Friday.

“We’re proud of the legacy of this facility,” said Charlene Parker, Saanich Commonwealth Place manager. “It’s the community and our staff who have really made the difference in our longevity and success. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve Saanich.”

The centre opened in 1993 and was used the following year for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Since then the centre has been maintained to support high performance sport.

Today the centre is a thriving recreation and high-performance centre for all ages, home to Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Victoria, Boardworks Diving Club, the national triathlon development centre, Island Swimming, Pacific Coast Swimming, Pacific Cycling Centre, a thriving leisure pool, a variety of Saanich recreational programming in the pool and gym and more. Commonwealth Place is also a hub for community activities; it houses a teen centre, a daycare and a variety of health services.

The facility plays a role in supporting the District’s sustainability efforts. Earlier this year, staff secured a $4 million contribution from the federal gas tax to reduce the recreation centre’s carbon footprint by 90 per cent, helping Saanich achieve its goals of carbon neutrality.

The public is invited to join in on the anniversary celebrations Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. Activities include a cake cutting ceremony, a spin wheel with prizes and plenty of memories to be shared.



c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lost dog reunited with family three months after going missing along Juan de Fuca trail

‘The poor thing was skin and bones,’ says one of the Sooke rescuers

Victoria family donates 878 falafel wraps to support Beirut blast victims

Wrap and Roll pulls in $20,500 during weekend fundraiser

Reimagined campaign continues to make Vancouver Island wishes come true

#UnWinedOutside allows participants to support Make-A-Wish Foundation, local businesses

Laid-off hotel workers begin hunger strike demanding job protection

Laid-off workers not sure what they’ll do when government support programs end

Police investigating string of break-ins at closed Saanich care home

Electronics, tools reported stolen from Mount Tolmie Hospital

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

Nanaimo woman will buy ‘supersonic’ hair dryer after $500,000 lotto win

Debra Allen won $500,000 in July 28 Lotto Max draw

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

Cougar euthanized after attacking little dog in Qualicum area

Owner freed pet by whacking big cat, but dog didn’t survive the attack

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Most Read