John Goodwin, Manager of Facilities and Operations, and Lorraine Brewster, Senior Manager, show off the progress in Panorama’s Arena B. The arena is undergoing a $2.2 million refit this summer. (Devon MacKenzie)

Panorama Rec Centre a hub for Saanich Peninsula residents

Devon MacKenzie/News contributor

Active for life – that’s Panorama’s mantra when it comes to choosing the programs to offer the community.

“We really focus on it all here – from children and youth, all the way to seniors, we offer programs for everyone,” explains Panorama’s Senior Manager, Lorraine Brewster.

“One of our main focuses this summer is keeping children active. It’s important to plant that seed at a young age and focus on physical literacy so they have those skills for life,” she said.

The community engagement team has been busy so far this summer, attending many of the Canada 150 celebrations and other events as well as putting on Panorama’s Play in the Park programming and a new addition this summer, the mobile skate park.

“We’re out in the community a ton, and we’re always looking at our programming and asking ourselves what else can we offer to build a better, healthier community,” explained Brewster.

“It’s really about bringing activity into the neighborhoods and connecting through healthy play.”

Being on the Saanich Peninsula, there’s also a focus on seniors and their healthy, active aging, with much of the programming at Greenglade centered towards active living but also social connection.

“Panorama is seen as a community hub, and many of the older people are coming here not only for the physical benefits for the social aspect too,” Brewster explained.

A full weight room, a fitness studio and a full pottery studio are just a few of the things on offer at Greenglade.

At the main rec centre in North Saanich, the pool and the swimming lessons attract folks not only from the Saanich Peninsula but also Greater Victoria.

“That’s because our aquatic facility is so good and also fully accessible,” Brewster noted.

Looking toward fall, Brewster said, there is lots of new and exciting programming to come as well as the completion of the $2.2 million refit of the rec centre’s Arena B.

“We’re really excited about this project because it’s not only a whole new refrigeration system for the rink, but it will also include new, state of the art boards and glass so it’s going to be a huge difference for the regular users of the rink,” Brewster said.

The project is on time and on budget, she added, and came to fruition with the help of a $500,000 grant from Canada 150. The expected opening date is Oct. 1.

For more programming information and schedules at Panorama Recreation Centre, see crd.bc.ca/panorama.

(Panorama Recreation was a finalist in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards, handed out July 11 by the Peninsula News Review.)

Just Posted

Victoria council narrowly approves transitional housing for former Tally Ho

Neighbours angry about decision to allow temporary three-year permit

Inner Harbour pathway in need of repairs: Harbour Authority

Victoria council approves initial design plans for walkway changes

RCMP open investigation to find missing Sooke macaw

$5,000 reward still being offered for safe return of Rufus

Check out what’s happening in Greater Victoria this weekend

From swimming championships to Oak Bay Light Up, there’s plenty to keep you busy this weekend

VicPD chief rescues lost $10 bill in downtown Victoria

The note was promptly returned to its owner unharmed

Victoria Royals giving a boost to fund inspired by Tragically Hip singer

Downie Wenjack Fund recipient of funds raised starting at tonight’s WHL game vs. Seattle

Esquimalt mayor frustrated at latest E&N railbed development

Barb Desjardins says it makes no sense to start over looking at commuter options for corridor

Nanaimo judge won’t let arsonist have a cigarette lighter

Martin Arthur Taylor previously pleaded guilty to February 2016 arson incident in Nanaimo

BC Ferries vehicle traffic last summer was best ever

CEO says positive results reduce future pressure on fares

Dead rats on doorstep greets Summerland mayor

Two rodents have been delivered to Peter Waterman’s doorstep

False killer whale ‘Chester’ dies at Vancouver Aquarium

He was found stranded near Tofino in July 2014 and only had a 10 per cent chance of making it at the time

Panda picks Argonauts for the win

Giant panda at the Toronto Zoo picks Argos to win Grey Cup on Sunday

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Most Read