Northcrest Arena closes for un­ex­pected main­te­nance is­sue

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF

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.

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