Teen lounge opens at Bayside

Middle school is the new location for Panorama’s second teen hangout

A new Teen Lounge — similar to the Greenglade Community Centre one pictured above — will be opening at Bayside Middle School Jan. 11.

Panorama Recreation Centre has teamed up with the Central Saanich Boys and Girls Club and will offer a new Teen Lounge out of Bayside Middle School.

The Teen Lounge will mimic the existing lounge in place at the Greenglade Community Centre for the last few years, but will be a venue closer for those who live in Central Saanich.

“We took the opportunity to pair up with the Boys and Girls Club because they already have such a strong connection and following in the area,” explained Kim Knott, the assistant community recreation co-ordinator for Panorama.

“We’re really excited to expand our teen program into something bigger and also to develop new relationships and partners with people and organizations in the community.”

The Teen Lounge at Bayside will run Friday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. After the Teen Lounge hours are over, participants (ranging from Grade 6 to 10) will be shuttled to Panorama for a free swim or skate. After the swim or skate, they’ll be shuttled back to Bayside.

“It’s a great safe and free supervised environment for youth to hang out in,” said Knott. “We have a pool table, a foosball table, all kinds of games and a new Xbox 360. There’s lots of stuff to do.”

The Teen Lounge takes place in room W111 at Bayside. For more information on the Teen Lounge program, visit crd.bc.ca/panorama.