With The Ark growing and expanding we require funding for larger projects which are above and beyond our regular budget. These are projects to improve our programs and offer the youth a better experience at The Ark. These help us grow into new areas or improve on programs we already offer.
Listed below is the wish list for capital projects which we feel would make an improvement to our facility and quality of programs.
Ceiling fans in Gym area
The Ark gym area is a large area with a high ceiling, during the winter months physics causes hot air to rise and sit at the top of the gym area while the playing surface is rather cool. This causes or offices and top floor to reach tropic temperatures and our heaters to turn on more then is necessary during the winter and raising our operating costs.
Another benefit to this is during the summer months the steal building and gym area can retain a lot of hot air and heat from the warm and sometimes hot summer air. Having ceiling fans to circulate and flush out the hotter hair would help keep youth cooler and playing longer.
ReDo Gym floors
The Ark was originally a Honey bee factory over 25 years ago when it was purchased to renovate into a youth centre for the youth of Dawson Creek. A large grant help kick start the transformation and over the years we have been able to continually improve our facility to meet the needs.
One thing still remains from the Honey Bee factory and that is the uneven and large cracks from the warehouse floor. Over the years we have painted on coatings and lines, at this time there is over 25yrs of resurfacing on the floor and the cracks that were once filled have opened up again.
With hockey, skate boarding and ramps being moved all over the surface it has taken a beating. With that being said, the cracks have become a concern has they are large enough to grab skate board wheels and the uneven surface can send ball hockey balls into the air when try to make a hard crisp pass on the floor.
InClose Out Door Court
We just built an out door court which is open the public and allows us to offer programs during the summer months. This is a huge asset to our ministry and the only outdoor court in Dawson Creek for the public to use. In saying this the summer months are short, being able to offer the court all year-round would be great, we could offer programs all year and drop in for everyone to come and use the court. This would open up a lot of program space and allow our programs to grow bigger and impact more youth.
Front Entry Improvement
So many times we hear people enter The Ark for the first time mention how surprised they were when the walked into it for the first time. How they weren’t expecting it to be so nice inside. As a parent dropping your child off for the first time can be a bit intimidating as from the outside we look more like a warehouse then a youth centre. Being able to put a more inviting front entrance would help in a couple areas. First being the above r