Rink’s fu­ture on agenda

Pub­lic meet­ing set for tonight to dis­cuss Whitney Pier ice fa­cil­ity

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

The vol­un­teer board com­mit­ted to keep­ing the Whitney Pier

Rink afloat is host­ing a pub­lic meet­ing tonight to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the 50-yearold fa­cil­ity.

The meet­ing is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Whitney Pier Le­gion on Vic­to­ria Road.

Board spokesman Jack Pear­son says it ap­pears that a com­mu­nity ef­fort is needed to save the rink in the long term.

“We know we’re in a lit­tle bit of a bad sit­u­a­tion, but ev­ery­thing is com­ing along a lot bet­ter than we thought,” said Pear­son.

“We’ve heard from some groups that use the rink that they want to keep us­ing it and some are even look­ing for more ice time next year, so if we can get our feet sta­ble then we’re go­ing to be in pretty good shape.”

Pear­son and the other vol­un­teers are fight­ing to keep the rink from go­ing the way of so many other build­ings in Whitney Pier that has far fewer busi­nesses, schools and churches than it did in its hey­day when Syd­ney’s econ­omy was fu­elled by the steel plant.

“We want to let the peo­ple know that we’re not go­ing to quit and that we’re go­ing to fight right to the bit­ter end,” he said.

“We know we have to stay open in the sum­mer some­how and if we get enough peo­ple to join us to help raise funds then we’re go­ing to be OK.”

The board has ex­tended in­vi­ta­tions to the gen­eral pub­lic and to CBRM Mayor Ce­cil Clarke and the 12-per­son mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil.

Pear­son

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