Arena acquires new ice resurfacer
“It all came down to the fact that if we wanted it, we had to buy it. We had to raise rates and set up a special fund,” Neil said.
Neil noted that several companies have also expressed an interest in advertising on the resurfacer.
He said the rate increase was necessary in order to “ keep our heads above water.”
In the meantime, upgrades to the electrical system should be completed before the end of the year. He said the town has agreed to pay a large share of the costs, and the association has also applied for funding from the provincial government.
As for the roof, Neil said many leaks were exposed during last month’s Hurricane Igor, and the association hopes to have an expert assess the roof in the near future.
The arena operates with an annual budget of between $250,000 and $300,000, but Neil said it’s become increasingly difficult to operate, despite the fact the arena is arguably one of the busiest in the province.
He noted that a plan to transform the facility into a modern sportsplex has been temporarily shelved because of a lack of government investment.