Year in Review: North Peace Arena Fire, Gymnastics Club

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A fire at the North Peace Arena in July scorched a good portion of the building, and left the gymnastic club without a place as their space was the most damaged by the blaze.

They had to shut down and stop teaching classes for a period, as they had no space to do it.

However, at the end of September, they struck a deal with the Stonebridge Hotel to rent a room from them until June 2016. In November, they received new equipment to use — and that same month, they received a $1,000 donation from speakers at the NEBCRM Coalition.

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The Gymnastic space at the Arena was supposed to be part of an audit by consultants who came to visit and assess facilities in July. Unfortunately, the fire burnt down the facility before they could examine it, and no clear plan has been presented yet as to what will happen for the Gymnastics Club when their lease with the Stonebridge runs out next June.

However, Chantelle Yates with the NPGA told Energetic City in November they have received outstanding support from the community, and will see what happens.

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