Big plans for Sk8te Hollinger

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - LEN GILLIS

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 un­der the Mayor and Coun­cil sub-menu.

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