New dehumidification system for the RECC to be installed this summer
Funding announced for Truro arena, promotion of world junior A challenge
Staff at Truro’s Rath Eastlink Community Centre are expecting a dry fall.
Matt Moore, general manager at the arena, says a new dehumidification system to be installed this summer will keep the air in the rink clear of fog.
He says the system is currently under construction and is scheduled to arrive in Truro for mid-summer. He says it should take a couple weeks to install.
“It won’t be an intrusive installation, it should have minimal impact on our services here,” he said. “The humid season for us starts in August so hopefully we will have it in and running for that.”
Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, announced $352,401 in funding for the RECC yesterday through the Innovative Communities Fund of the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency.
Of that, $75,000 is for marketing and promotion of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge slated for the RECC this December. The other $277,400 will go towards the new dehumidification system. The Municipality of the County of Colchester is contributing $166,400 and the Town of Truro is allotting $110,960 for a total of $554,800.
The RECC has been experiencing excessive moisture in the arena when temperatures and humidity are high. Clouds of fog over the ice and moisture on glass obscuring vision have forced the cancellation of some events in the past.
The new system will be able to remove the 600 to 800 pounds of moisture per hour compared to the 80 pounds per hour the current system is capable of removing.
Casey stressed the importance of the facility as a tourism attraction in Central Nova Scotia.
“This facility is a big part of the tourism attraction here – it is definitely pulling in people from other areas, you have held some first-class events here that just wouldn’t have been possible without this facility,” he said.
Since 2013, the RECC has successfully hosted over 30 sporting events, consumer shows and concerts with more than 50,000 people in attendance.
In previous years, the World Junior A Hockey Challenge has generated an economic impact of over $3 million for host communities.
Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, John Kelderman, chair of the RECC board of directors, Christine Blair, Colchester Mayor, Matt Moore, general manager of the RECC and Bill Mills, Truro Mayor announced the plan to buy a new dehumidification system for the Rath Eastlink Community Centre April 19.