A building to be used by the Parksville Community Centre Society, located at 223 Mills St., March 7, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

A building to be used by the Parksville Community Centre Society, located at 223 Mills St., March 7, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville Community Centre Society acquires facility to be used for variety of events

Plans for property at 223 Mills St. to be at least partially open in March

The Parksville Community Centre Society (PCCS) has announced it is back in operation, following a 15-month hiatus.

A release issued by the organization read the PCCS will host a broad range of events, including business meetings, trade shows, educational seminars, sporting events, club gatherings, cultural events and concerts in Parksville starting in March.

According to the release, the PCCS board of directors, comprised of a group of community leaders who volunteer their time, have acquired the facilities at 223 Mills St. to be used as a new community centre.

“The board’s mandate is to ensure the centre continues to drive social and economic activity within the local community and encourage participation from all sectors, public, private, business and government,” read the release.

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“As it is well known in the Parksville area, the PCCS no longer operates the facility at 132 Jensen Ave. as a result of the lease agreement not being renewed by Mayor Mayne and Parksville council on Jan. 1, 2021. The 223 Mills St. facility will make available six large rooms, between 600 and 850 square feet, which can be rented individually or together. There will also be available eight smaller offices that will be available for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly rentals.”

According to the release, the facility will take time to be cleaned and prepared before it is ready to welcome Parksville residents. The organization would like to invite community members to volunteer their services and help with preparations, including cleaning up the new centre.

“We know this will happen because many Parksville citizens and local businesses came together in 1948, and in 2001, volunteering time and donating funds to create the previous two centres. And we hope you will join us once again to show your Parksville pride so we can once again provide a community gathering space.”

General inquiries to the PCCS can be emailed to: Info@ParksvilleCentre.ca. Board-related matters or inquires can be emailed to: Board@ParksvilleCentre.ca.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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