Arena bookings a rare bright spot in City of Vernon recreation update

Ice time remains hot

Arena bookings have been the least impacted of the City of Vernon's recreation facilities.

“The ice is one of our COVID-19 success stories,” Doug Ross, director of recreation services, told council Monday.

While ice use was down 20% and revenues dropped 12%, ice time remained popular with youth groups who were still able to use the city’s various rinks under public health orders.

“It was nice to see we had so much demand for the ice,” said Ross.

Ross presented the fourth quarter report from the City of Vernon's recreation services department. It shows the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a big impact.

Overall, revenues are down $1.75 million (33%) compared to last year, he said. Still, facility closures resulting in staff layoffs have minimized losses.

“I know many cities have thrown up their hands and closed completely. The fact that you’ve been able to keep it open speaks volumes,” said Coun. Scott Anderson.

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