Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre

Organization Sponsor: Niagara Falls, City

Organization Partner: Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre


Program Description

If you are 50 or older, enjoy interacting with others or want to meet new friends, why not join the Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre. The MacBain Community Centre is a multifaceted 100,000 square foot facility located at Montrose and McLeod Road. This community focal point offers a wide range of recreational, health, educational and family services for all ages. This innovative, sharing model of community service includes six partners.

The Coronation 50 Plus Site offers additional programming to the current programs offered at our home base site on Summer Street. We offer a variety of innovative fitness programs from a beginner level to advanced, so come out and be active. Providing fitness classes for all levels, darts, crafts, Fun, Food and Film evenings, Sunday Social, live theater shows, potlucks, aqua fitness, VON clinic, Blood Pressure clinic, Tai Chi, yoga, line dancing, clogging, euchre, bridge, cribbage, shuffleboard, bingo, computer classes, digital photography club, music programs, Wellness Center, and so much more. Volunteer opportunities are also available. New to the Centre is an on site Café offering, $5 Lunch Specials, coffee, tea, and many other tasty treats.

The Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre was originally formed in 1968 as the Greater Niagara Senior Citizen’s Association located at the Niagara Falls Badminton and Fitness Club. The Association became aware that to accommodate growth in participation and services they would need their own facility. The former Church of the Redeemer and the associated Manse on Summer St. was purchased and renovated with financial assistance from the City and funds raised by the Greater Niagara Senior Citizen's Association. In 2002, the City of Niagara Falls took over the administration of programming. With continued growth, we recently expanded again in September of 2005 to offer additional programming at our satellite site, the MacBain Community Centre. Today the Coronation Centre operates under the department of Recreation and Culture.

The Centre works with a twelve-member volunteer Advisory Committee who represent and are voted in by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Their goal is to provide suggestions and recommendations on the provision of programs, services and special events.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Membership is $24.00 including H.S.T. for Niagara Falls residents and $29.00 for non-residents.

Funding Sources: 

Municipal - City of Niagara Falls; Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Strategies For Sustainability: 

A major factor in the successful operation of the Centre is the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. The Centre has many exciting volunteer opportunities available and we are confident that you will find a volunteer position that is a rewarding experience.

Impact Of Program: 

The centre services more than 20,000 people annually.

Evaluation Tools: 

Programs and services are continually being evaluated.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

"The mission of the Coronation 50 Plus Recreation Centre is to enhance the quality of life and well being of those 50 and over in the city of Niagara Falls. The Coronation Centre strives to contribute to the social, educational and recreational needs by offering programs and services in a safe and comfortable environment."

The Coronation Centre operates on a membership basis. Anyone 50 years of age and older is eligible to become a member. The facilities at the Centre provide an opportunity for a variety of recreation, arts and cultural activities. Membership entitles one to participate in the programs and special events offered by paying a nominal drop-in fee or purchasing tickets. Our facility can improve your life in many ways and you will soon see the benefits of membership, such as making new friends, participation in a regular exercise routine, involvement in volunteer opportunities or enjoying a hot meal from our Café to name a few.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Being able to accommodate the rapid expansion and program demands.

Length and Stage of Project: 

It began in 1968.

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