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March 12, 2018 -

Come out to celebrate the opening of the Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at 85 MacCauley St.

"As the City's first community hub, we know this community centre and library will be the new heart of the Rideau Heights neighbourhood. The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area, Seniors Association, Loving Spoonful and other service providers have built an exciting schedule of programs and activities and, along with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, will keep the centre bustling with excitement and opportunity," says Jaclyn Grimmon, manager, recreation programs.  

Grand opening events

The City, Library and community programming partners – Limestone District School Board, Loving Spoonful, Seniors Association and the Boys & Girls Club – will mark the big day with:

  • Ribbon cutting by Mayor Paterson at 11 a.m.
  • Free community lunch  
  • Drop-in activities for children and adults hosted by program partners including pickleball, Zumba, crafts and Bricks for Kids
  • Self-guided tours of the facility

New facility features and services

Open Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the new community centre will offer:

  • Seniors/youth space, lounge areas, a recording studio and a multi-purpose room
  • Gymnasium and community kitchen
  • Customer and administrative services including recreation program registration, facility bookings and sales of Kingston Transit multi-ride cards, blue and grey bins, garbage bag tags and pet licenses
  • Drop-in information about Housing and Social Services programs (Monday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.)

Rideau Heights Public Library

The Rideau Heights Community Centre also includes the newest branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The branch will feature adults, children's and teen collections, three study rooms, computers and wireless internet access and a media box automated vending machine. The library will be open Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"The Library is very excited to serve our community in what promises to be a vibrant and active hub in the Rideau Heights neighbourhood and for the City as a whole. Our bright and welcoming branch features spaces and collections for people of ages to engage with library materials, with each other and with the world," says Laura Carter, director, branch experience.

"Families will explore and play together in our free children's programs, learning through reading, music, movement and science. Our Teen Advisory Group has connected neighbourhood youth with the library. And by teaming up with Pathways for Education, Loving Spoonful, the Juvenis Festival and other community partners, we have created more vibrant and exciting experiences," says Kimberly Sutherland Mills, manager, programming and outreach.

For more information about the Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library and grand opening go to www.CityofKingston.ca/Events

The building of the Rideau Heights Community Centre and improvements to Shannon Park are part of Phase One of a 20-year plan to revitalize Rideau Heights. For more information go to www.cityofkingston.ca/city-hall/projects-construction/rideau-heights

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