Where’s the new arena for CBN?

The Compass - - OPINION -

In Au­gust 2011, the provin­cial govern­ment an­nounced fund­ing for new are­nas for Par­adise, Con­cep­tion Bay South and Har­bour Grace.

The rinks in Par­adise and C.B.S. are un­der con­struc­tion, but there hasn’t been as much as a shovel of soil moved for the Har­bour Grace fa­cil­ity.

It’s been nearly three years since the fund­ing was an­nounced for the Har­bour Grace arena but ten­ders have not even been called yet for the project.

Some res­i­dents are con­cerned whether this fa­cil­ity will be­come a re­al­ity and will only be con­vinced it is go­ing ahead when they see steel be­ing erected.

The ex­cite­ment and op­ti­mism fol­low­ing the arena fund­ing an­nounce­ment made by for­mer Car­bon­ear - Har­bour Grace MHA and cab­i­net min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy has been re­placed by con­fu­sion and scep­ti­cism in re­cent months.

Cur­rent Lib­eral MHA Sam Slade said re­cently on a ra­dio talk show that he has been seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from the govern­ment about the de­lays to the fa­cil­ity, but has re­ceived few an­swers.

Ques­tions have arisen about whether the govern­ment is still com­mit­ted to this

It’s been nearly three years since the fund­ing was an­nounced for the Har­bour Grace arena but ten­ders have not even been called yet for the project.

project and, if not, the rea­son for its can­cel­la­tion.

Har­bour Grace town coun­cil mem­bers have in­di­cated they have done their due dili­gence in re­gards to the fi­nan­cial fea­si­bil­ity of this project for the town. The town ac­coun­tant has de­ter­mined that, not only can the town af­ford the re­quired 20 per cent of the con­struc­tion cost, but it can also af­ford to op­er­ate the fa­cil­ity when it is opened.

Har­bour Grace has also se­cured fi­nanc­ing from a bank­ing in­sti­tu­tion for its share of the con­struc­tion cost.

The town coun­cil has ap­proved the site rec­om­men­da­tion made by a govern­ment ap­pointed arena build­ing com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil has in­di­cated that it has done ev­ery­thing re­quired of it by the provin­cial govern­ment to get this arena started.

It ap­pears that the ball is now in the govern­ment’s court to take the next steps re­quired for con­struc­tion of this fa­cil­ity to be­gin.

A mod­ern, state-of-the-art sports com­plex would go a long way to­wards meet­ing the recre­ational needs of the res­i­dents of the en­tire Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion.

It will pro­vide an at­trac­tive fa­cil­ity for sports, con­certs and trade shows. It will also pro­mote healthy life­styles for area res­i­dents, as the plans for the new arena in­clude an in­door walk­ing track, thereby pro­vid­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to avail of safe, com­fort­able, and year round phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

It is the hope of many res­i­dents of the re­gion that the cur­rent PC govern­ment will fol­low through on its prom­ise to build this much needed fa­cil­ity for the area. — Paul McCarthy writes from

Har­bour Grace

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