Pontiac Community Gym hopes to open by end of year

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Kate Aley

Despite some setbacks and delays, work continues on the building on Clarendon Street that will house the Pontiac Community Gym. Coordinator Rachelle Dinelle gave Pontiac2020.ca an update.

P2020: What is the current status of the Gym?

RD: We just finished the period of accepting submissions by building entrepreneurs. The decision will be taken and confirmed this week. Hopefully renos will start in the weeks to come. We need to make sure that everything is up to code so that in the future we won't get any surprises.

The current interior of the building 

P2020. What still needs to be done before it can open?

RD: Renovations need to be completed and the finishing touches such as decoration. Purchasing the fitness equipment and hiring staff will be the next steps before the grand opening.

P2020: How can people help?

RD: We are looking to cut the cost of the renovations. I will be soliciting businesses this week to ask for donations of construction materials. We are looking for paint, left-over "floating" laminate flooring and ceramic tiles. We also need two interior doors. We are looking for some round tables and chairs, some mirrors and carpeting.
Donations of other things like fitness DVDs, a DVD player and yoga mats would be very welcome.

P2020: Will there be a grand opening when it is ready?
RD: If everything goes well, we hope to open by November but we are still not sure of the date. A lot of the citizens are a little disappointed that it's not open yet. Once we have a fixed date for the opening, it will be announced everywhere, on the Quyon Family Center Facebook page and on also the gym's official page: Centre de conditionnement physique communautaire de Pontiac / Pontiac Community Gym. It will be a party!

If you have materials to donate to the Pontiac Community Gym, contact the Maison de la Famille Quyon at 819 458 2808 or email Rachelle Dinelle at rachelle.mfq@gmail.com

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