Quick Peak: Gym closes for upgrades; Hulk sinking progresses

Gym closes for upgrades

Powell River Recreation Complex gym will close for two days in May while new fitness equipment is installed, the city government announced Tuesday, April 18.

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The new equipment, purchased with a $60,000 grant from Powell River Community Forest, will arrive May 2. The project will replace aging equipment and address gaps that currently exist at the publicly owned facility. The gym will reopen Thursday, May 4.

According to the announcement, upgrades will replace the gym’s free-weight racks, rowing machine and weight-training machines, among other equipment. New, smaller equipment will allow for more open floor space.

The city plans to sell each piece of old equipment individually in a closed, sealed-bid auction from 7-9:30 pm on Wednesday, April 26.


Hulk sinking progresses

Catalyst Paper Corporation is moving forward with its plans to sink the first of four hulks, the concrete ships that create a breakwater for the log pond and foreshore at Powell River’s mill.

Catalyst has partnered with Artificial Reef Society of BC on the project and is applying for federal approval. The company expects the earliest the first ship, YOGN 82, can be sunk is later this summer.

The multi-year project will create a world-class recreational diving site in the waters between the mill site and Willingdon Beach. The four vessels have become surplus to the mill’s 10-vessel breakwater infrastructure. Emile N. Vidal, Quartz and SS Peralta are the three other hulks chosen for project.

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