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Denise May, president of Saltos Gymnastics, speaks at a Rotary Club of Corner Brook luncheon at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday.
Denise May is hopeful the City of Corner Brook resuming control of the Pepsi Centre will mean something good for Saltos Gymnastics.
May is the president of the local gymnastics club.
She spoke about the club — its history, programs and need for a new home — at a Rotary Club of Corner Brook weekly luncheon at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday.
The club recently moved into a space at the Pepsi Studio after an Occupational Health and Safety order was issued against its old home, the Lions Building on Wellington Street.
During her presentation, May told the rotarians that the move to the Pepsi Studio is a temporary one until this coming September, but one she hopes will become permanent.
“We do have a commitment from the mayor that we won’t have to return to the Wellington Street building and it’s our hope that we’ll be housed somewhere at the Pepsi Centre in some capacity,” she said following the meeting.
May said her group has worked well with Western Sports and Entertainment, which currently operates the centre for Memorial University. But noted the move has not been without challenges with having to fit Saltos into the schedule at the studio.
Being in the space has been “a breath of fresh air literally and figuratively,” she said.
Right now the city is in the process of conducting an assessment on the centre to review the feasibility of implementing improvements and renovations to meet the current and future needs of the community.
May said the consultants, Hatch Mott MacDonald, will be looking at “every nook and cranny” to come up with economic ways to make the space work.
“And I think once that space gets defined people can really buy into it.” she said.
She’s spoken with the consultants and told them Saltos could be fit in 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of space.
“So we’re looking for a dedicated space where we won’t have to set up and tear down our equipment to accommodate other activities and events.”