Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers toured the newly renovated sailing school at the Calgary Yacht Club on Sept. 17.
“I was delighted to visit the Yacht Club and get a tour of their building upgrades that were made possible by our community grant program,” Chalmers said.
“This program is a great way to help our community organizations better serve our residents, and I’m so glad to see evidence of it already at work,” he added.
The building was constructed in the 1970’s and was used as the main clubhouse before it became the sailing room.
“It was very tired for sure,” said the Calgary Yacht Club Manager Laurie Dunn.
There were broken windows, the flooring was upcoming up, and the wrong type of door was installed.
“The doors were disintegrating in front of our eyes,” Dunn said.
However, members from the Calgary Yacht Club wanted to continue to use the building.
With the Community Grant Program, new vinyl plank flooring was added, windows were installed, a new office area was added for instructors, storage for sailing gear and parts was added, and the outside of the sailing school was painted to match the outside of the main clubhouse.
“We run our own programs here, but we also have the cadets who come here and store their gear here all year long. They spend a few weekends here learning how to sail, we needed to have a facility that was safe for them, and that is pleasant for them to use,” Dunn said.
She added, “It’s a very well used building, and it just needed some love to be able to continue to use that building.”
Currently, the Calgary Yacht Club is offering yoga classes in the renovated space as the summer programs are now finished.
“Now we have this beautiful new room that we are using for yoga at the moment,” Dunn said.
“We’re trying to let people know that yoga is available at the Yacht Club a few times a week for $10 a class and open to anybody,” Dunn added.
To view the yoga class schedule, or to join a class, please register on the Calgary Yacht Club website at https://calgaryyachtclub.wildapricot.org/Events.