Northcrest Arena closes for unexpected maintenance issue
The city closed Northcrest Arena Sunday for unexpected maintenance.
Sunday’s programs, including skating lessons, public skating and PGHA hockey, were cancelled.
There was no word from the city on the cause of the problem.
It’s the second time the aging north-end arena has been closed temporarily this year.
It was shut down temporarily in February for repairs to a broken water main.
Northcrest, located at the corner of Marina Boulevard and Water Street, was built in 1967 and was intended to be in service for no more than 20 years. The cost of repairs over the years — expected and unexpected — prompted city council to consider a replacement.
The city had planned to replace it with a new twin-pad facility at Trent University, but that project has fallen through and the city is now considering a site near Fleming College.
After considering private-sector proposals in 2014, the city moved ahead with the plan to build a new facility in the north end in partnership with Trent University. However, provincial funding that had been expected for the project was cancelled by the Doug Ford government, and an environmental review of the property indicated that the arena would have a negative impact on a nearby wetland.
Mayor Diane Therrien said last week that she had been opposed to the Trent location when she was a councillor, and welcomed the plan to build the arena near Fleming.
“I really think we should push this forward,” she said at council’s meeting last Tuesday.
That plan at one time included a competitive-sized pool, but the newly redesigned plan for the Fleming site doesn’t include that in its initial phase.
The city is chasing $37 million in federal and provincial funding to get the project built.
Meanwhile, Northcrest Arena continues to be used regularly by local groups, including skating lessons, minor hockey and more.