O’Leary rink project be­ing stud­ied

Com­mit­tee look­ing to make best use of Hockeyville funds

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY ERIC MCCARTHY +063/"- 1*0/&&3

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.

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