A portion of the Parksville Community Centre will be leased to BGC Central Vancouver Island for five years. (PQB News file photo)

A portion of the Parksville Community Centre will be leased to BGC Central Vancouver Island for five years. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville to enter 5-year lease with BGCCVI to operate portion of community centre

Full-time child and family centre to be opened in PCC

The City of Parksville has authorized staff to enter a five-year lease agreement with BGC Central Vancouver Island to operate a portion of the Parksville Community Centre.

Parksville council, at its regular meeting on Nov. 15, authorized staff to take the steps to establish an agreement that will see the BCG run a Parksville Child and Family Centre as well as manage community use of the PCC.

In a news release, it was noted the city has put out a request for expressions of interest for renovations to the PCC as outlined in the Children BC New Spaces Fund grant.

READ MORE: Councillor’s motion to explore declining $2M grant related to PCC daycare spaces rebuffed

The city will retain the Emergency Management Oceanside offices and an expanded meeting space at the Jensen side of the building.

The remainder of the PCC will be operated by BGCCVI as a full-time child and family centre with the provision of 91 new daycare spaces as well as programs for different age groups, family supports, outdoor recreation space and buses to facilitate daycare activities.

The PCC is scheduled to open for programs in the summer of 2022 with full opening of the 91 licensed childcare spaces in September 2022 along with community access to the centre.

The city’s online engagement platform, Let’s Talk Parksville, will soon feature information and updates on the project.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

DaycareParksville