Friday December 24, 2010

Local News


Landing Leisure Centre sees it's 3-millionth visitor

Photos and notes submitted by Starlee Renton, City Public Relations


Cheam Centre Programmer Codie Hindle (L) and Facility Manager Tara Cheng, Landing Leisure Centre Laralee Cheng, Mascot Tumbles the Tiger, Mayor Sharon Gaetz, John Hofstede and Manager of Leisure Development Carolyn Marleau.


he Landing Leisure Centre reached a milestone yesterday when the 3-millionth facility user walked through the doors.


John Hofstede, a regular user of the Leisure Centre, was surprised when managers and Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz were there to meet and present him with a one-year membership and basket of goodies from the City including a City of Chilliwack hat, travel mug, water bottle, pen, calculator, backpack from the Leisure Recreation Group a towel, goggles, and swim cap.

Hofstede said he usually buys a ten-visit book and finds time to visit the facility once a week, and as coincidence would have it, his ten-visit pass had just run out. He likes to use the weight room, although readily admits that it's the hot tub and sauna which are the most appealing to him.

The one-year facility pass is worth $409.27, and Hofstede said it was "very exciting and a great early Christmas present."

"We're really pleased that residents are taking advantage of the recreational facilities we have to offer in Chilliwack" said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. "Council believes that providing these opportunities to stay active and healthy are some of the best investments we can make for our community."

The Landing Leisure Centre and the Cheam Centre are both owned by the City of Chilliwack and operated by the Leisure Recreation Group (LRG).

"Great activity programming and staff are large factors in the success of both of the recreation facilities we operate in Chilliwack," said LRG founder and President, Stan Anderson. "Our mandate is to encourage everyone to be active, and community members have embraced that and made us a part of their healthy lifestyles."

About the Landing Leisure Centre
The Landing Leisure Centre opened on August 24, 2002 and celebrated its one millionth patron five years later. Currently, the Landing facility averages 1000 patrons daily and there is typically a spike in numbers after the holiday season. The most well used section of the facility is the swimming pool.

The Landing Leisure Centre is a well-rounded facility, in that it offers services to meet many needs. The main pool area has a variety of water features such as a giant water slide, a wave pool, therapeutic pools, saunas, an eight lane 25 meter main tank and a lazy river. The second floor of the facility boasts an aerobics studio with sprung hardwood floor as well as the very latest in machine and free-weight equipment in the Fitness Weight Room.

For those who love the outdoors, the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre offers a surrounding site with an outdoor spray-park, skateboard park, sports court for basketball and street hockey, and a large playground area.

The facility also offers physiotherapy and massage therapy to anyone in need of those services. It includes an indoor bistro that can also operate as a concession to the spray park in the warmer months of the year.

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