Two sponsors fund programming at Kingston East Community Centre

The Kingston East Community Centre in March 2022. Photo by Taylor Tye/Kingstonist.

The Kingston East Community Centre (KECC) has announced two naming rights sponsors to the facility who will support expanded programming for community members.

According to a release from the City of Kingston, the C.S. Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre Gymnasium is featured inside the facility and the Mike Lee Desjardins Insurance Community Garden will be located on the north side of the facility and is expected to be in place for the spring growing season in 2023.

“Local businesses like C.S. Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre and Mike Lee Desjardins Insurance are an important part of supporting our City programs,” said Lacricia Turner, Director of Recreation & Leisure Services. “Funding from these partnerships supports drop-in programs seven days a week in the gymnasium and will create and sustain the community garden for Kingston residents.”

The City said that the naming of the C.S. Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre gymnasium and Mike Lee Desjardins Insurance Community Garden was approved by City Council on June 7, 2022.

“We were excited when we first toured this beautiful new facility,” shared Scott McAllister and Caitlin Cerre, owners of C.S. Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre. “Many of our clients are looking for accessible recreation activities, particularly in the winter, so we will be referring them to the indoor track and other amenities located at the Kingston East Community Centre.”

“Supporting local food is something that is really important to me as a resident in Kingston,” added Mike Lee of Desjardins Insurance. “I look forward to watching the progress of the City’s newest community garden and seeing the first harvest next year.”

The KECC is a modern, multipurpose facility easily accessible to all those within Kingston and beyond, according to the release. The centre opened in early 2022 and offers community partners the space to deliver their popular and supportive programs to residents. The Boys and Girls Club South East, YMCA of Eastern Ontario, Loving Spoonful and the Seniors Association Kingston Region provide cultural, educational and recreational programs to residents of all ages and abilities, the City stated.

The KECC features a fitness centre operated by YMCA of Eastern Ontario, full-size C.S. Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre gymnasium, community kitchen, EarlyON and ACFOMI program space and a number of multi-purpose rooms. According to the release, the site includes outdoor recreational amenities such as a skate park, tennis courts with pickleball lines, Mike Lee Desjardins Insurance Community Garden, community outdoor rink and splashpad sponsored by the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund. The KECC is a City Customer Service Centre, offering access to a range of services and products, such as pet licenses, garbage bag tags and transit passes.

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