Above: Eleven-year-old Ana Bocher plays a little pool during Thursday night’s opening of the new Morinville Teen Centre. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
by Stephen Dafoe
Pool balls cracked and video games beeped Thursday night with the official reopening of the Morinville Teen Centre. The facility, originally located across from the arena in Lions Park, closed recently, but was reopened Sept. 3 in classier digs.
The centre, located at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre’s mezzanine level, will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for general activities, and on Wednesdays for youth and recreational programming. At other times, the centre will serve as community open space for residents to sit, chat, play some pool, or have a cup of coffee and read.
Youth Worker Katie Filipowski is excited about the brand new location.
“We design our programs around the youth and what interests them and motivates them,” she said, adding the new location has a new game system, movies, a foos ball table and pool table, and a offering of programs outside the community.
The centre is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays after school for town youth programs.
Participation in the teen centre is open to youth ages 11 to 17.
But the centre will be open to other community members the rest of the time. “It’s just an open space where they can just relax. There’s also a cafe part of it as well, and if they have younger children that are in a program, they can come up here to wait.