Fu­ture of Wabush Recre­ation Cen­tre up in the air

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

Work is un­der­way to pre­vent the clo­sure of the Wabush Recre­ation Cen­tre.

It was an­nounced re­cently that the cen­tre would close at the end of De­cem­ber.

Wabush Mayor Ron Bar­ron con­firmed the de­ci­sion to The Aurora around the third week of Novem­ber. He ex­plained that the cen­tre costs the town about a mil­lion dol­lars a year to op­er­ate, and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can no longer af­ford it.

In the past the Town of Labrador City and other stake­hold­ers pro­vided fund­ing, but fund­ing for this year didn’t ma­te­ri­al­ize.

Bar­ron says the de­ci­sion was made to close. How­ever since that news, there has been strong re­ac­tion to the clo­sure an­nounce­ment.

The cen­tre has the ar­eas only swim­ming pool, a bowl­ing al­ley, a gym used for bas­ket­ball and other sports, a weight room, teen cen­tre and meet­ing rooms.

In the past week there have been meet­ings held in an ef­fort to keep the cen­tre open.

Labrador West MHA Gra­ham Letto con­firmed there have been a se­ries of meet­ings and progress is be­ing made.

Bar­ron says he’s op­ti­mistic, but could not re­lease any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion un­til the meet­ings are com­pleted.

The Aurora will pro­vide up­dates as they be­come avail­able.

MIKE POWER-SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

The Wabush Recre­ation Cen­tre.

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