The Port Elgin rink project
On Port Elgin Regional School grounds, a new rink is being built. With little to no information being released, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to interview the principal of Port Elgin Regional School, Mr. Becker.
When asked about the date in which construction will begin, Becker stated that: “As of right now, we are waiting for a final grant of about $28,000, which looks promising. We’ve already received a grant from Agrisphere, which is Farm Credit Canada, and they gave us $20,000. Atlantic Windows has committed to $30,000 — $10,000 each year for the past two years; we will be getting the final $10 000 shortly. Currently we have $40,000 and once we get the final grants, we plan to begin construction in October. The total cost of the rink is $62,000.”
The rink would be open to the public.
Becker said, “It will be open to all people of Port Elgin and beyond. It will not be closed to the public even during school hours.”
We then asked about what the personal intentions of Becker were and the things he hoped to achieve for making the rink are.
He replied: “There were two reasons: One of them were the deaths of Colby Callender and Chad Alder (two former students of PERS), because that made us think that we wanted more for our children in this community and to do more to participate and be active. The second reason,” stated Becker, “was to create a second area to teach physical education so that we could do different schedules outside of this school. Many of the grades K-2 have been having two classes outside and that would give us another place to be beneficial to the children.”
There is a multi-function for the rink.
Becker stated, “It is for every season: To go rollerblading, play tennis, to skateboard, and other activities, so the concrete can indeed be used for multiple seasons.”
Becker also shared with us the materials the rink will consume, including a concrete base, boarded walls reused from the previous rink, and of course lighting so that the rink can be used in all hours.
Our school and community would like to thank everyone who has helped with this project to make Port Elgin Regional School and community a better place. We can’t wait for this amazing project to finish construction. We’d especially like to thank Mr. Becker, Port Elgin Regional School principal, for making this idea come to life. The rink is an exciting project and we’re so happy to get answers to these frequently asked questions.