In­door ice time

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS TO THE EDITOR -

David La­ven­ture, di­rec­tor of the St. La­zare Sports­plex, which has an in­door ice rink as well as an in­door soc­cer field, says St. La­zare rents a to­tal of 2,200 hours of ice time each year fromthe Sports­plex.

“The town si­gned a 10 year agree­ment and com­mit­ted to ren­ting that much ice time (from us) each year,” La­ven­ture said, ex­plai­ning, “They (then) rent it out to whoe­ver they want. We have no­thing to do with how they div­vy the time up.”

La­ven­ture adds there are about 5,000 avai­lable hours of ice time at the are­na each year but eve­ry­bo­dy wants the same pri­me­time hours. “I can fill the are­na year round du­ring eve­ning hours and wee­kends, but it’s the off times that make it dif­fi­cult to jus­ti­fy a fa­ci­li­ty like ours,” he said, re­fer­ring to ice and soc­cer fields that sit emp­ty most week­day mor­nings and af­ter­noons.

He says the struggle for prime ice time on in­door rinks is not new.

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