Automatic sliding doors are just some of the features that have been added to the Bathurst PCYC in the past six months.
Work began back in August to demolish the wall between the foyer and gymnasium, to be replaced by a glass-walled viewing area so parents can see children taking part in programs.
It’s an old building – 30 years old – and it’s in need of constant upgrades. It is one project of a long list of upgrades.
Bathurst PCYC manager David Hitchick said the upgrades will benefit both the building and the parents and children who use it.
“It helps modernise the facility and brings it into the 21st century,” Mr Hitchick said.
“It’s a bonus [with our automatic doors] for our air-conditioning, so we don’t need to keep one of the doors always open.
“The upgrades help provide an environment for people to hang out and be comfortable.
“It also provides a hub for young people to do homework and be safe.”
The old concrete wall that has now been replaced by a glass wall did not show what Bathurst PCYC was about and what went on, Mr Hitchick said, but now “people come in and see it’s for young people”.
The glass wall also gives parents a good view of what their children are up to, while they enjoy the company of other people in the foyer.
A new coffee machine has been of benefit to the cafe, while new gymnastic equipment has given young people better sports facilities.
The foyer has also benefited from new furniture and a new painted logo has replaced the old stencil logo on the floor of the entry.
Adding the automatic doors is just one tick off a long list of upgrades planned for Bathurst PCYC.
“It’s an old building – 30 years old – and it’s in need of constant upgrades,” Mr Hitchick said.
“It is one project of a long list of upgrades.”
Future plans include upgrading the change rooms and repairing the handicap bathrooms, which are currently not functional.
In November 2016, Bathurst PCYC also benefited from being one of the first clubs to receive new defibrillators in a statewide rollout.
The statewide rollout has been described by staff as a great “way to make the PCYC safe”.