Canada 150 rink ar­rives in Gan

The Gananoque Reporter - - NEWS - WAYNE LOWRIE [email protected]­

The Canada 150 r ink ar­rived in Gananoque on Tues­day.

The rink — boards, nets, glass, play­ers benches and score­board— came in three truck­loads from Ot­tawa, where it was dis­man­tled last win­ter af­ter serv­ing skaters on Par­lia­ment Hill.

A sma l l gath­er­ing of school­child­ren, rel­a­tives of the late MP Gord Brown, cham­ber of com­merce rep­re­sen­ta­tives and town of­fi­cials wel­comed the rink at the Gananoque works yard.

The dis­man­tled rink will re­main at the yard in the shadow of the Gananoque wa­ter tower un­til next year when it will be set up near the Lou Jef­fries, Gananoque and T.L.T.I. Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Adam McCluskey, man­ager of parks and re­cre­ation, said that work will be­gin this spring to build the con­crete base for the rink, in­clud­ing the un­der­ground pipes to ac­com­mo­date the even­tual in­stal­la­tion of the ar­ti­fi­cial ice ma­chine.

McCluskey es­ti­mated that the rink should be as­sem­bled by late June or early July. It would be used for such warm weather sports as pick­le­ball, bas­ket­ball and floor hockey un­til Novem­ber, when it would be flooded for ice.

The town plans a roof and an ar­ti­fi­cial plant for the rink even­tu­ally, but that will de­pend on fundrais­ing.

Brown’s son, brother and sis­ter- in- law were at the works yard on Tues­day to wel­come the rink that will be named af­ter Brown.

Ear­lier this month, town coun­cil voted to name the rink the “Gord Brown Memo­rial Canada 150 Out­door Rink.”

Brown, who died in May, was an avid hockey fan and sports­man, for­mer Gananoque town coun­cil­lor, cham­ber of com­merce pres­i­dent, chair­man of the St. Lawrence Parks Com­mis­sion, busi­ness owner and vol­un­teer. He rep­re­sented Leeds and Grenville as mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for 14 years.

His fam­ily and the Thou­sand Is­lands Ac­com­mo­da­tion Part­ners (TIAP) were part of the ef­fort to bring the Canada 150 rink to Gananoque as a trib­ute to the late MP.

Jeff Brown, Gord’s brother and chair­man of TIAP who was part of the wel­com­ing com­mit­tee on Tues­day, said his group’s goal is to get the rink up and run­ning at no cost to the town’s tax­pay­ers.

So far, the com­mit­tee has raised close to $300,000 and it is con­fi­dent that it can raise an­other $ 300,000 to $400,000, Brown told coun­cil this month.

The Gord Brown memo­rial hockey game in Gananoque on Nov. 28 (doors open at 6:30 p.m., tick­ets are $10) is hoped to raise about $100,000, part of which will be split with the United Way.

Work­ers un­load Canada 150 rink.


A fork­lift driver hauls a Canada 150 net to stor­age site in Gananoque.

A small gath­er­ing wel­comed ar­rival of the Canada 150 rink.

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