The Peace River Regional District is closing Golata Creek Community Hall indefinitely, after a recent engineering assessment found the 64-year-old building is structurally unsafe and has reached the end of its life.
Key parts identified as structurally unsafe include the roof and foundation, as well as being prohibitively expensive to repair.
In a July 15 press release, PRRD President Brad Sperling said the closure was not a reflection of the community and praised Golata Creek Recreation Society volunteers for their decades of service to the venue. .
“While the closure of the facility is disappointing, it in no way reflects the years of dedicated volunteer service of the people of the Society,” he said. “Unfortunately, the building is simply beyond the point of remediation, and public safety is our primary concern and the rationale behind this difficult decision.”
The 3,100 square foot hall, located at 6116 Golata Creek Road, was built as a school in 1958 with additions made in 1978, 1987 and 2008. The PRRD acquired the property in 1986 and the Golata Creek Recreation Society has operated the facility since 1983.
The statement further notes that PRRD staff are in contact with the company and will work together to review options for a new hall, one of which is being considered on the existing land.