New ice floor open to public
Sep 14, 2013 / 1:41 pm
The turnout was slightly underwhelming, but city representatives and around 20 West Kelowna community members gathered today during a free public skate to celebrate the completion of the newly-renovated Jim Lind Arena.
“Our Government is proud to have supported this new lease on life for the Jim Lind Arena,” said Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Upgrading recreational facilities such as this one helps boost the local economy while fostering healthy communities for years to come.”
The Government of Canada’s investment of $250,126 enabled the District of West Kelowna to complete the renovations.
“After serving us faithfully for almost 40 years, Jim Lind Arena was showing its age and was in desperate need of repair and attention,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “On behalf of West Kelowna Council and all the users of this facility, young and old, I thank the Federal Government and our MP Dan Albas for its generous support of this project.”
The project cost $1.1 million and included:
- A new concrete ice floor
- New rink boards
- New rink glass
- New rink lights
The original ice floor of the Jim Lind Arena was built in 1974 and was expected to last up to 40 years. The floor has had two major leaks in the past seven years, causing service disruptions. The rink boards, also built in 1974, were made of wood and were old and worn out. The new boards are metal frame and less susceptible to rot. The rink glass now meets industry recommended height standards and is seamless. New energy-efficient lights improve visibility in the facility as well as reducing the building’s energy consumption by approximately 38 per cent.
West Kelowna Council also agreed to put $25,000, earned during West Kelowna’s participation in Hockeyville 2012, towards a new score clock and washroom renovations.
"We were ready for more people," said Community Program Coordinator and skating instructor Pauline Collins. "But we are happy the public can now use the facility."
West Kelowna resident Rob Mueller showed up with his fiance Diane Ross and said they were happy with the new features and upgrades.
"It's tax dollars well spent, in my opinion," he said.
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