O’Leary rink project being studied
Committee looking to make best use of Hockeyville funds
A committee made up of community members and representatives from the O’Leary Community Sports Centre Board and O’Leary Hockeyville Committee is looking for ways to get the best bang for its Hockeyville buck.
The O’Leary Community Sports Centre received a $100,000 prize for being the Eastern Canadian finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville 2017 competition.
The committee, chaired by Dean Getson, recently issued a request for proposals seeking a consultant to help plan major renovations to the entrance and lobby area of the arena. Getson said the committee received special funding, administered by the Central Development Corporation, to finance a consultant’s report.
Also serving on the joint O’Leary Community Sports Centre Development Committee are Della Sweet from the Hockeyville committee, sports centre manager Sandie Smallman, and sports centre board of directors president Bethany Pridham. Community members on the committee are Libby Shaw and Sandy Stewart.
“We want to do it well,” said Getson, who is also a member of the committee that mounted O’Leary’s successful Hockeyville campaign.
He said it is unlikely any of the winnings will be spent this year, noting the new committee is hoping to leverage the winnings to seek federal and provincial funding for a project that is likely to involve changes to the lobby, canteen and washroom area and possibly renovations on the upstairs level of the arena. He said changes to the canteen to allow for seating with viewing of the ice surface, similar to the Evangeline Recreation Centre, are being proposed.
“One thing we’ve been told is there is no shelf life (to the $100,000 prize),” said Getson explaining the committee has the ability to hold onto the money until it obtains further funding.