Fu­ture of Canada Games Com­plex dis­cussed

First of a se­ries of public fo­rums held Thurs­day

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY T.J. COLELLO

Multi-use fa­cil­i­ties, in­door ten­nis and keep­ing the ice sur­face were some of the ideas shared Thurs­day for the fu­ture use of the Canada Games Com­plex.

The first in a se­ries of open fo­rums was held at the arena to get in­put from the com­mu­nity on its fu­ture. With Mem­ber­tou set to open a dual ice sur­face in their com­mu­nity, Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity plans to de­com­mis­sion the rink af­ter next sea­son.

Bet­tina Cal­lary of Syd­ney, a mother of two young daugh­ters, be­lieved an all-ages, multi-use fa­cil­ity would be ben­e­fi­cial.

“I sort of en­vi­sion an all-ages in­door fa­cil­ity of some sort that would in­clude some­thing like an in­door play­ground, a boul­der­ing area, and in­door track for peo­ple to be able to walk around and do phys­i­cal ther­apy over the win­ter,” said Cal­lary, one of about 20 peo­ple in at­ten­dance. “Have a space where kids and fam­i­lies and all ages can come in the win­ter­time and be ac­tive.”

In May, Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity an­nounced a com­mu­nityled task force that would re­ceive in­put from the public. It is cochaired by Cape Bre­ton Post pub­lisher Anita DeLazzer, RKM In­vest­ments Ltd. pres­i­dent Kirk MacRae, with sup­port of for­mer CBU ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Carl (Bucky) Buchanan.

“We may be los­ing this ice sur- face, but we’ll be gain­ing some­thing else,” said MacRae.

Cro­marty Ten­nis Club board mem­ber and past pres­i­dent Bill Buck­land said his club was in­ter­ested in hav­ing an in­door play­ing sur­face dur­ing the off­sea­son in part­ner­ship with other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Oth­ers felt the fa­cil­ity should con­tinue as a rink for both hockey and skat­ing. Mar­ian Walke of Syd­ney has been skat­ing at the Canada Games Com­plex since it opened in 1987.

She felt there could be a so­lu­tion to keep­ing the ice sur­face and hav­ing a multi- pur­pose fa­cil­ity, like us­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial floor.

“I’m very pas­sion­ate about the rink, as are a lot of skaters,” she said. “I’m sure they could find another so­lu­tion that would sat­isfy all of us.”

Town halls con­tinue July 15 at the Baddeck Com­mu­nity Hall, July 16 at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre’s Shan­non Stu­dio, July 22 at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 32 in Cheticamp and July 23 at the In­ver­ness Fire Depart­ment. Each run from 68 p.m.

Other meet­ings will also be held in Glace Bay, New Water­ford, Eska­soni and North Syd­ney. Up­dates will be posted at www.cbu.ca/cgc.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

From left, Jack Lively and Ray­mond MacKin­non of Syd­ney give in­put on the fu­ture of the Canada Games Com­plex dur­ing an open house Thurs­day at the fa­cil­ity. The meet­ing was the first of a se­ries of fo­rums look­ing for feed­back on the rink’s fu­ture.

Walke

Cal­lary

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