Family Place almost ready for big opening

Staff at Parksville facility will be moving in by the end of this month

Family Place  in Parksville is just about ready to open its doors for the general public and set to work.

Family Place in Parksville is just about ready to open its doors for the general public and set to work.

Parksville’s new Family Place facility is complete and staff is expected to start moving in at the end of July.

The 40,000 square foot facility located  at Bay Avenue and Highway 19A is a joint project of three provincial ministries, including education, health, and children and family development. As such, it will house a variety of support services and programs.

The new building has attained LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold status and has features like glazing, woodwork and a fireplace to create an inviting atmosphere for the people who use it.

Director of instruction for District 69 (Qualicum) Gillian Wilson said final touches are being made on the building and moving in dates are being discussed.

“We hope to be in and for the School District’s part, up and operational by the time school opens.”

Operations and maintenance manager Earl Billingsley said the project is on budget, which was $7.1 million.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development will be moving into the building, school district staff, student support services, First Nations programs, and Building Learning Together (BLT). The Mother Goose program as well as a new, and much larger, Munchkinland, a learning-through-play environment with interactive play areas free for all ages, will also move in.

 

An open house and grand opening will most likely be taking place in September.