The brand new Timms Community Centre had its grand opening Wednesday and revealed what many in the City of Langley were likely hoping to see – a robust community centre filled with the latest in exercise equipment as well as other elements to enhance the use of the facility.
A total of $175,000 in donations was received from 11 local donors which, along with other items, allowed for the purchase of TechnoGym fitness equipment in the weight room ultimately turning the equipment into a personal device during the workout.
City of Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer noted the four multi-purpose rooms and the spin room are sponsored.
“The gymnasium and even the walking track are sponsored [too],” he said.
The contributions of the 11 families, business leaders, and businesses offset any impact to taxpayers for the construction of the facility which came in on time and on budget.
“This demonstrated the belief that the community has in our programs,” Schaffer added. “For this, we can’t possibly thank our sponsors enough.”
Each donor is formally recognized on the new centre’s wall of sponsors. Gold sponsors include the Jeffery family, which has naming rights of the gymnasium and the Province of British Columbia which has naming rights for the fitness track on the second level.
“I grew up with Langley. I guess I’m as close as you get to being a child of the city,” said Bryce Jeffery.
It was Jeffery’s father who took part in creating the committee that petitioned Victoria for the creation of the City of Langley.
“He was a very, very, very, very strong supporter of the City of Langley over the years,” Jeffery said of his father.
The Degemann family, Redekop family, Madsen family, and Dams family are silver sponsors of multi-purpose rooms, the Wesik family is the silver sponsor of the spin room, and the Paolella family is the silver sponsor of the fitness room.
“Langley is still a great place to have our head office and do our business out of,” said Marco Paolella. “It’s where we started out very early and some of our first construction projects were within the city limits.”
Bronze sponsors include the openRoad Auto Group, IPEX Inc., and the Kerr family.
“We think the new centre will provide a hub of recreation and culture for the current and new residents to come,” said Patrick Kerr.
“We’ve seen such and extraordinary outreach from families and businesses wishing to support the centre,” said Schaffer.
Given that the new Timms Community Centre is the biggest facility project ever undertaken by the City of Langley, having the support of the community for its creation has been greatly appreciated by the mayor and council, according to Schaffer.
“For us, it’s a legacy type of thing,” said Ron Madsen of his family’s sponsorship. “I’ve been in the Langleys for the better part of my life. We are community minded and are proud to be a part of [the Timms Community Centre].”
Sponsor support means the Timms Community Centre was built and outfitted with no municipal debt.
• Jeffery family – gymnasium
• Province of B.C. – walking track
• Paollela family – fitness room
• Wesik family – spin room
• Redelop family – multi-purpose room
• Degemann family – multi-purpose room
• Dams family – multi-purpose room
• Madsen family – multi-purpose room
• OpenRoad Auto Group
• IPEX Inc.
• Kerr family
“The new Timms Community Centre is a tremendous contribution, not only for the community as a whole, but for the seniors who live nearby. The walking track, in particular, is going to be well used.”
“We’ve been doing a lot since 1972. We’ve been developing a lot in the Langley area. Langley’s been good to us so we thought we’d participate [in supporting the Timms Community Centre].”
“The Timms Community Centre will become a hub for residents to connect while promoting physical activity.”
“My family and I wanted to give back to the community, and we felt that supporting the Timms Community Centre [was] a perfect way for us to do this.”
“This centre is an example of a lot of people coming together to create something awesome.”
Monica (Degemann) Vanderzalm
“We believe that by us contributing to the new Timms Community Centre, the City of Langley will be better able to provide residents with an enhanced quality of life.”
Christian Chia,, OpenRoad Auto Group
“We have been a long-time business in the City of Langley and it’s time we support our City. We want other businesses to know that this is the place they want to set up their business.”
Peter Rainey, IPEX Inc.