By Andru McCracken

The V-CREW youth space at the Valemount Curling Rink just got a face lift to make it easier to clean and the better to hold a wide variety of events. It reopened this September after being closed over the summer. / PHOTOS KARL HUGHES

Valemount’s V-Crew youth drop-in centre did a big renovation over the summer and COVID-19 provided a great chance to do it.

“We weren’t able to do any face-to-face programming until September,” said Kim Hood, who oversaw the renovations, “It was the perfect time to do a facelift.”

She said they changed the layout of their space so it can be more easily cleaned and maintained. The V-Crew space is located in the bottom of Valemount’s Curling Rink on Elm Street.

“We gutted it. We took out a lot of stuff,” she said.

Hood said they provided some quieter spaces for kids that need that and opened up the rest of it.

“Everything is on wheels so it can be moved and we have a stage where we can do open mic nights, have bands or drama and we created a cafe area.”

The new space opened September 18th.

Regular hours are Monday through Thursday 5 pm until 8 pm and Fridays 5pm until 10pm.

“If anyone has an idea to run a program with youth, we are really open to that,” said Hood.

V-Crew just received a grant to install a new washroom.

Emily Cannon is the centre’s new coordinator.