Big plans for Sk8te Hollinger
Ken Pye, the Timmins businessman who created the popular Sk8te Hollinger rink at the Hollinger Park for the past two winters, will be going to Timmins city council this week asking for more money … a lot more money.
Pye, who was granted $32,000 for the winter of 2017, will be asking for more than three times that much when he goes to city hall Tuesday night — more than $115,000 in all.
The Sk8te Hollinger presentation, which is included in city council’s pre-agenda, shows his request for funding would cover off the cost of creating and maintaining the figure-8 skating rink, six pond-style rinks and one Nhl-sized rink.
An operational budget submitted in the report shows Pye is asking for $101,600 and would include a fireworks show to be presented on the February Family Day weekend. Other costs in this budget include the cost of hiring a rink attendant for 100 days ($21,600) and the purchase of Christmas tree lights ($3,000).
Further in his report to council, Pye is also requesting an additional $14,000 to cover the set-up costs between now and Dec. 20, 2017.
This would include the cost of a snow groomer at $200 per day, a water truck at $200 per day, a pickup truck plow at $200 per day and a tractor-blower at $200 per day. The city is also asked to cover off the cost of electricity for the rinks, roughly $10,000 for 100 days.
The report also includes “in-kind” requests for support. This included heated washrooms, the use of the pavilion, use of the ball field lights inside Fred Salvador Field, use of the baseball dugouts and a parking area for snowmobiles.
Pye is also seeking permission to expand the Sk8te Hollinger venture by adding the following features:
• Teepees to be set up inside the figure-8 circles;
• Two concession stands;
• Hay rides;
• Polar bear dip;
• Live music;
• Ice and snow sculptures;
• An event referred to as “Claim Rush Challenge”;
• Charity fundraising events; and
• Pond hockey tournament. Prior to Pye’s presentation this week, city council will also consider a staff report provided by city facilities manager Glenn Thurston which responds to many of the requests being made by Sk8te Hollinger.
In most cases, said the city report, administrative staff have no issues with the requests. However, as Thurston pointed out, council has not budgeted for some of the more costly items on Pye’s wishlist.
Both reports are on the city’s website at www.timmins.ca under the Mayor and Council sub-menu.