The George Preston Recreation Centre is getting some work done ahead of the BCHL's Langley Rivermen first season at their new rink. The puck drops in September for the junior A hockey club.

New look for Preston Centre

George Preston Recreation Centre's exterior will resemble that of a Lodge as junior A Rivermen get set to move in

The George Preston Recreation Centre is getting a new look.

The facility — which opened in 1973 — has begun to show some deterioration along the exterior of the building, exposing the building envelope to the elements of nature.

The work, which is scheduled to be completed by September, will cost $700,000, although the Township has applied for federal funding through the Canada 150 Fund, said Peter Tulumello, the Township of Langley’s acting director of parks, recreation and culture.

They sent in application for $500,000 back on June 21, he said.

The Township has taken over control of the facility — it was previously run by Recreation Excellence.

The Preston Centre is also the new home of the BCHL’s junior A Langley Rivermen.

And the new exterior will reflect the look of a Lodge, paying homage to the original pioneers and explorers of Langley.

The inside of the building will also undergo some upgrades which will benefit all of the facility users.

Some of the updates include improvements to help with the humidity levels and ice conditions, arena lightning upgrades, and a new video display system.

There will also be loge style seating — a bar stool type of seat at a table — at the top of the mezzanine.

 

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