9 a.m., April 10)
Residents get first look at Blackburn Arena renovation
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
future of the Blackburn Arena is looking bright and rosy,
especially for those who have experienced the rink in
the winter months.
a proposed major in the works, the arena will be scratched
off the unofficial list of the coldest rinks in Ottawa
to either play or watch a game during the winter.
were able to get their first look at the renovation and
expansion plans at a recent public meeting hosted by Innes
Ward Coun. Jody Mitic.
it first opened in 1974, the rink has been the home of
the Blackburn Minor Hockey Association, various Gloucester
Cumberland ringette teams, figure and public skating,
and a long list of old-timers leagues.
really excited to announce that this project has gone
from not happening to reality, Mitic told the residents
at the meeting.
he was first elected to city council in October 2014,
a large part of
the capital budget for the following year had already
been alloted. So Mitic set his sights on the future and
managed to get the money for a design study in this years
city has also set aside $1 million for the $3 million
project, with the provincial and federal governments expected
to split the balance as part of its infrastructure funding
Mayor and my colleagues came through with $1 million.
All we need now is the federal and provincial governments
to come to the table with the balance, says Mitic,
adding that he hopes to see construction begin in the
next year or so.
rink is close to 45 years old and needs work. You can
giggle about the fact it is one of the coldest rinks in
the city but its time to get serious about the facility,
bring it up to standard and make it more accessible for
people with disabilities.
expanded Blackburn Arena will include full-size players
dressing rooms, two alternate needs rooms, a much larger
lobby and a new entrance vestibule.
project also includes refurbishing the existing dressing
rooms, along with the addition of a multi-purpose room,
and a universal washroom.
to the parking lot are proposed to accommodate the buildings
more info go to: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/parks-and-recreation-public-consultations#.
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