New de­hu­mid­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for the RECC to be in­stalled this sum­mer

Fund­ing an­nounced for Truro arena, pro­mo­tion of world ju­nior A chal­lenge

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - By Jonathan Ri­ley

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.

JoNaThaN ri­ley/ Truro Daily News

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.

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