Table tennis champions Dick Lu (left) and Paul Howes duel at the new Timms Community Centre, now inside its temporary home on Eastleigh Crescent. The B.C. Seniors Games gold medal winners were among the first to arrive at the centre, a former Legion hall, when it opened to Langley City residents on Tuesday. Its official opening is set for Jan. 14.

Table tennis champions Dick Lu (left) and Paul Howes duel at the new Timms Community Centre, now inside its temporary home on Eastleigh Crescent. The B.C. Seniors Games gold medal winners were among the first to arrive at the centre, a former Legion hall, when it opened to Langley City residents on Tuesday. Its official opening is set for Jan. 14.

Temporary Timms opens its doors on Eastleigh Crescent

Open house, meet and greet with council, set for Saturday, Jan. 14 inside the community recreation centre

  • Jan. 4, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Timms Community Centre has re-opened its doors after a short holiday break that saw it move from its usual spot on Douglas Crescent into its temporary location inside the former Langley Legion building.

The interim centre at 20702 Eastleigh Cres., operated by the City of Langley, officially opened for business on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and will remain in that location for the next several months, while a brand new community centre is built next to City Hall.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the City will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include fitness class demonstrations — including hatha yoga, fitball and pilates — and weight room orientations (call ahead to book a spot). Free child minding will be offered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and there will be supervised activities for children up to seven years old.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the City will hold a cupcake social, where Mayor Peter Fassbender and members of council, along with recreation staff, will be available to talk about plans and programming ideas for the new centre.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be drop-in social bridge.

Plans for the new building include a 19,000 square foot facility, with 13,000 square feet devoted to the community centre and the remaining 6,000 square feet to be built as a gymnasium.

However, the City is still in discussion with various community groups to determine whether they have an interest in space in the building, said CAO Frances Cheung.

“We’re still trying to secure other community partners.

“Hopefully, that will conclude in the spring,” he said.

At that point, said Cheung, the City will know whether to pursue the community hub concept or just build a community recreation facility.

Demolition of the old Timms building is scheduled for February or March.

Meanwhile, in its temporary location, Timms will continue to offer users a weight room and cardio machines, as well as fitness classes and other recreational activities.

For more information about the Jan. 14 open house, the community centre or to book a free weight room orientation with a personal trainer that day, call the centre at 604-514-2940.

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