Community partners set to play central role at the City’s newest recreation facility

When the Kingston East Community Centre (KECC) opens early next year, residents may notice a difference in the way programming is delivered in the state of the art building. The YMCA of Eastern Ontario, BGC South East (previously known as Boys and Girls Club), Loving Spoonful and the Seniors Association will be directly involved in the delivery of activities and services planned for this new community hub.

“These organizations are experts at understanding the needs of our residents and providing the best services to them,” says Jaclyn Grimmon, Manager with Recreation & Leisure Services. “They will animate the space with a wide variety of cultural, social and recreational programs.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding our program delivery locations and pleased to be partnering with the City of Kingston at the East End Community Centre,” says Harold Parsons, Executive Director at BGC South East. “This will expand our services in the East End, with summer camps, after-school programs, educational and youth programs. The new centre will also build on our EarlyON programs, which has delivered over 1,800 sessions and served more than 2,000 children and families this year.”

“It is especially exciting to see different community partners working together to ensure everyone is provided with meaningful recreation and social opportunities in Kingston’s newest recreation facility,” Parsons adds.

The Seniors Association will offer a full platform of programs that will focus on culture and languages, fitness, sports and games and the arts.

“The Seniors Association is very excited to be working with the City of Kingston and the other partner organizations to launch the East Community Centre. This facility will allow the Seniors Association to offer a wide array of programs for the older adult population of Kingston to enjoy,” says Don Amos, Executive Director of the Seniors Association.  “A large percentage of our 5,000 members live in Kingston east and have been asking for several years an east satellite Seniors location, and this state-of-the-art facility is the perfect fit.”

The City of Kingston’s Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library has used this community hub model since opening in 2017. The new centre located in Kingston’s east end will provide these organizations and agencies space to deliver their popular and supportive programs to residents.

Scheduled to open in early 2022, the Kingston East Community Centre will feature a fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, community kitchen, EarlyON program space and a number of multi-purpose rooms. The site will also feature outdoor recreational amenities such as the existing skate park, tennis courts with Pickleball lines, a new community garden, community outdoor rink and splashpad sponsored by the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund.

The KECC will also serve as a City Customer Service Centre, offering access to a range of services and products, such as pet licences, garbage bag tags, transit passes and more.

A grand opening date will be announced in the coming months.

Fostering healthy citizens and vibrant spaces is a Council priority for its 2019-22 term.