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On March 21st, more than three hundred Point Edward residents laced up their skates and sliced up the ice for an open skate and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Point Edward Arena renovation.
Funded under the Recreation Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario (RInC) and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC), this project was no small feat. Improvements were made to the building’s interior and exterior by rewiring the facility, reinforcing key structural elements and increasing mobility and accessibility for users. The arena also received additional dressing rooms, washrooms and storage space – amenities the facility was previously lacking. These upgrades will extend the arena’s life by at least 30 years, allowing current and future generations of skaters to reap the physical and social benefits of this recreational space. The governments of Canada and Ontario each contributed up to $1 million toward the $3.2 million project, while the village covered all remaining costs.
“It was really amazing to see the renovation of this community pillar reach completion so quickly and for so many people to show their support and interest,” said Point Edward Secretary and Treasurer Peggy Cramp, referring to the project’s short turnaround time when it started in 2009. “The new rink will certainly see a lot of use.”
The Point Edward Arena is open year-round, offering activities such as public skates, lessons, figure skating and hockey from September to April, while in-line programming occurs throughout the warmer months. In fact, 2011 will mark the Point Edward Skating Club’s 50th year of operation – a clear indication the arena will continue to play a prominent role in the community.
“This project wasn’t just about slapping a coat of paint on the walls – it was about renovating the entire facility and improving its structural integrity from the inside out,” said Mayor Kirkland. “It means that parents will be able to focus on their budding hockey players and figure skaters. This is great news for the entire community.”