Phase two planning for the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick will continue with a focus on incorporating a wider approach to wellness.
Building committee chairman Mike Trinacty said a feasibility report, conducted late last fall by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entreprenuership, recommended the KMCC committee adapt its original plans for a traditional fitness centre by creating a wellness centre at the facility, which houses the Apple Dome ice rink and the home of the Berwick Lions.
The ACSBE report “challenged us to think about what is good for the whole community,” explained Trinacty. The research by ACSBE also found support from stakeholders in Berwick that expressed interest in being part of a KMCC wellness centre concept.
Other than a fitness facility, “this could include massage and physio-therapists and other health professionals. Right now, we are really trying to get handle on exactly what services might be included,” as well as requirements for corresponding infrastructure, said Trinacty.
The ACSBE report also concluded that the town recreation department might be best positioned to manage an umbrella organization responsible for promoting existing local activity programs under a wellness centre concept.
The committee is now tasked with finding the best way forward in facilitating future development. Trinacty acknowledged the phase two path may not be as straight as it was originally, but noted the committee is still on it.
The KMCC board of directors is liaising with the building committee, fitness centre committee and learning centre committee to solidify phase two plans. The Town of Berwick, the Berwick and District Community Association and Western Kings Memorial Health Society are also contributing to discussions.
Funding applications to various levels of government are currently in the works.
Trinacty suggested the timeline of breaking ground on phase two in 2014 may have to be revised in order to complete the research that needs to be done to pin down what a wellness centre would look like and where it would be added to the facility.
“But I wouldn’t say a 2014 start up is off the table yet,” Trinacty added.