(Fort McMurray, Alberta, October 20, 2018) - The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) are pleased to announce the official opening of the Conklin Multiplex on Saturday, October 20.

The community gathered this morning for a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event that welcomed members of RMWB Council, RMWB administration, RRC representatives, stakeholders and residents, while highlighting the community through local dance and drumming. The day continued with a community breakfast, crafts, family activities, facility programming and more.

"This is an exciting day for residents of Conklin and the surrounding area,” says Mayor Don Scott. “This facility will be a community hub where people come together for exercise, friendship and fun. I want to congratulate all those who have worked hard to make this day a reality.”

The Conklin Multiplex is a recreation, leisure and community facility serving Conklin and Janvier. The Multiplex includes a fitness centre, arena, gymnasium, fitness studio, children and youth activity space, Elder room, kitchen, meeting spaces and more. The facility will support the community through sport, programming, recreation and community gathering experiences under the operational leadership of the RRC.

“The Multiplex is an exciting opportunity for the RRC to provide the area with programming that meets the rural needs for recreation and fun,” says Graig Walsh, CEO of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo. “It is an honour to be able to operate this facility for the residents, as we know this means a lot to the local families and recognize the opening is an important moment for the region.”

The Conklin Multiplex was built to meet the recreational needs of both Conklin and Janvier rural hamlets and is set to meet the current demands of the Nakewin Centre at Northland Drive and Father Mercredi’s Trail, a building that has now reached the end of its useful lifecycle. The Multiplex will also provide offices for RMWB rural contacts and other community groups. 

“This has been one of the dreams of this community. It is absolutely a win-win situation,” says Yvonne McCallum, Conklin Elder. “Our children, too, need a chance to grow and develop their skills. They will have a much better chance to meet their potential. There are no limits to what they can do. Thank-you to everyone who participated, supported, and recognized that Conklin needed a facility that will finally meet the needs of our residents within all age groups and empower them to seek the greater things that life has to offer.”

More information regarding continued operations of the facility is available at: rrcwb.ca/conklin-multiplex