Rink’s future on agenda
Public meeting set for tonight to discuss Whitney Pier ice facility
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.