© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Murphy’s Community Centre employee Tyler Carr gets some shoes ready at the bowling alley this past weekend. The building, which was formerly the Basilica Recreation Centre, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary this week.
Over the past 50 years, the building now known as Murphy’s Community Centre in downtown Charlottetown has played a key role in the social and recreational life of thousands of citizens. Originally built and operated by the diocese of Charlottetown, the Basilica Recreation Centre was a hub of activity for countless youth and adults in the city and across P.E.I.
It eventually fell on hard times and was put up for sale in 2002 as the building was in dire needs of repairs and upgrades. Its future was in doubt until city businessman Ray Murphy stepped forward in 2006 to purchase the property. Renovations and updates have been completed and the facility is ready to serve the needs of the community for another 50 years. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening this week.
The multi-purpose social centre has hosted bingos, bowling, youth basketball, ECMA events, dinners and banquets, political conventions, ball hockey, music concerts, and beer festivals.
Mr. Murphy deserves kudos for stepping forward in a very generous way to purchase the property and then renovate it. It was a rare gesture for an individual to assume such a heavy financial burden as Mr. Murphy obviously takes his responsibility as a citizen very seriously.