An over $10 million community centre will open its doors in Invermere.
A grand opening will be held 6 pm Wednesday night.
Mayor Gerry Taft says the 17,000 square foot Columbia Valley Centre has been in the works for nearly 20 years.
“Its taken quite a while to get from those initial ideas to where we are today,” Taft says. “So its very exciting to be at the stage where not only is construction finished, but we’re officially opening the building and looking forward to a busy Fall and Winter use.”
Taft says the building serves as a replacement for the old community hall that’s been in place since the 1940s.
“Its been a great asset in the community, its seen a lot of weddings and functions, not for profit banquets,” Taft says. “So this new hall will replace those uses, but in a larger format. It has the ability to have banquet style seating for up to 500 people and the ability to use the space for live theatre and music.”
The building includes a library and meeting spaces.
Taft adds it could also host concerts to draw in residents throughout the East Kootenay.
– Invermere Mayor, Gerry Taft
– Jeff Johnson