TRURO – Smiling faces and laughing, boisterous, busy children seemed to be the order of the day during the official opening of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) on Saturday.
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Brad the Balloon guy was busy making animal balloon creations during opening celebrations at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre on Saturday.
“I like it so far,” said Jacob MacRitchie of Lower Onslow, who was making his first visit to the centre with younger brother Joshua, 9, in tow.
“The rock wall is twice as high as the last one I was at (in Alberta). I really like how well put together it is. I am by no means an expert wall climber but it certainly has more options than the one I was at last.”
And overall, MacRitchie’s initial observation was that the “facility seems well put together,” especially with the open concept it offers.
A busy, young Joshua also took a quick liking to the rock climbing wall.
“It’s good,” he said. “It’s difficult to climb.”
Sitting down for a snack during their first visit to the RECC, Anne and Earl Lyon of Middle Stewiacke said they were also impressed with the facility.
“Great. It’s really nice,” Anne said. “Everything. The pool’s beautiful and the rink looks beautiful.”
Likewise for her husband’s first impressions.
“It should be worthwhile for the town and the county,” Earl said.
Besides providing free access to the rock wall, the day’s festivities included the opportunity to try out the RECC’s modern fitness centre and swimming pools. Throughout the day, a variety of other activities included demonstrations by members of the Colchester Highland Dance Assoc, cookie decorating for children and a magic show and balloon-tying from Brad (Alexander) the Ballon Guy.
Live fiddling, dancing and other music was also provided before the nighttime concerts by Gloryhound, The Chess Club and headliners Myles Goodwin and April Wine.
Jacqui Alexander of Truro, who was taking in the day’s celebrations with her three children; Evelyn, Gavin and Liam, said they were enjoying the festivities with “lots of cool stuff going on.”
Although it was not the first time at the centre for Alexander and her family, some of their favourite attractions, she said, are the rock wall and the pool.
“They’re lots of fun,” she said. It is really nice. It’s lots of fun for my husband and daughter to come climb the rock wall and stuff … I like the centre.”
The facility’s swimming pool and open concept also left a favourable impression on first-time visitor Jordan Newcombe of Truro.
“It’s very nice,” she said. “Lot’s to do.”
An estimate for the number of people who participated in the opening-day activities was not immediately available.