CORNER BROOK Will Smith continues to hammer away at his goal of catering to the needs of those who depend on the Pepsi Studio as a venue to deliver programs.
Volleyball and soccer have been the primary user groups of the indoor training facility since it opens it doors, but now thereâs a new kid on the block with Saltos Gymnastics Club moving its programs to the Pepsi Studio next week. The City of Corner Brook reached a deal with Western Sport and Entertainment and Saltos to temporarily relocate the competitive gymnastics programs to the Pepsi Studio, and the deal will be in place until September of this year when itâs expected the parties involved will put their heads together to find a permanent solution.
âWeâre simply trying to organize that space in such a way that it has the least impact on scheduling and allows for their activities to continue,â Smith, who is the General Manager of the Pepsi Centre, said Thursday moring of the new tenant.
Smith said he had discussions with both volleyball and soccer officials to discuss the move. He said the groups were asked to identify anything they felt would provide a challenge with another user group added to the mix. He was pleased with how both groups were willing to work with him and all parties involved to make the most of a tough situation.
Support in helping cater to the concerns of the gymnastics community was shared by both groups now having to share the space, according to Smith.
âThey were, obviously, concerned about their programming and any potential disruptions, but they were understanding and supportive of the situation Saltos is in,â he said.
Itâs anybodyâs guess what happens when September rolls around, but the young athletes who trained in the cramped quarters of the old facility can only expect brighter days ahead with a return not something that will be part of the long-term solution.
Saltos will move its equipment into the Pepsi Studio Jan. 19 to begin the next journey for the club. While some scheduling issues will be ironed out over the next few weeks, Saltos wonât have to worry about transporting its assets back and forth or finding a place to store it all when not in use.
âThe equipment will remain in place, unless we have an event that requires them to either reduce the size of their space or to vacate the building as a whole,â he said.
That scenario, he said, is going to happen on a couple of occasions throughout the year, but itâs something that just happens to be a reality of the situation.
âWeâre trying to do this in a way that provides minimal disruption to Saltos and to the buildingâs users and schedule things in such a way that theyâre less disruptive to their schedules, and yet provide the same level of service and commitments weâve already committed to,ââhe said.