Future of Canada Games Complex discussed
First of a series of public forums held Thursday
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.
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.