PICTOU - After months of closure due to a broken boiler, the Pictou Youth Centre will soon be open again.
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Nick Bray, facing forward, and Brady Kennedy were rearranging some of the games in the youth centre on Wednesday as they prepare for the reopening next week
An all ages concert will mark the reopening next week.
“A lot of people look forward to the teen centre. Without it, they didn’t have anything to look forward to,” 14-year-old Nick Bray, vice president and media relations of the centre, said.
Local rockers Machete, New Glasgow’s Hate Division, Montreal metal band Bookakee and Peterborough’s Mokomokai will join forces for a hard rock and metal show on July 9 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the return of the youth centre
A $5 admission charge will go towards funds for a Pictou skate park.
A lack of heat and hot water in the youth centre kept local youth in their homes during part of winter, Bray said, creating a void in the community of places they could go to be with all of their friends.
Bray has been involved with the centre since it opened last August because of his desire to get involved.
“I just wanted to be a part of it,” he said.
He serves on the board for the centre made mostly of youth, and has been an important player in the attempt to bring a concrete skate park to the town.
So far, they’ve raised more than $10,000 out of a total price tag of $150,000.
To serve those itching to skateboard during winter, the youth centre and Ashley George, owner of Black Belt Machete and a member of the skateboard park committee, teamed up to create an indoor skate ramp.
The centre also offers a canteen, air hockey, a foosball table, as well as other popular youth favourites.
Though the problem with the boiler is fixed for the time being, the centre will have to fundraise for a new one before next winter.
They’re also in need of adult volunteers to get involved.
Anyone 21 years old and over that is interested can attend one of their board meetings, July 3 or 6 at 1 p.m. at the centre.
They can also call 485-1917 or Dave Porter at 754-2128.
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