NHL-SIZED SURFACE TO BE READY FOR 2016-17 WINTER SEASON
A location has been chosen for the new NHL-sized ice rink. On Feb. 16 the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) announced the arena will be built on a parcel of land previously slated for condominium development near the existing Sun Peaks Sports Centre. A previous report by an independent consultant labelled this area “Parcel R”.
The open-air, refrigerated rink is now expected to be open for the 2016-17 season after an unforeseen delay confirming the location. The municipality had previously planned to have it open for the beginning of this winter season. The rink will serve as a centre for public skating and hockey, as well as other recreational activities. A small outdoor rink has operated in Sun Peaks for the past 15 years, but consistent ice quality has been a challenge without an ice making plant.
As part of the agreement in principle with Sun Peaks Resort LLP, SPMRM will also assume ownership of the Sun Peaks Sports Centre, which will be used as change rooms and washroom facilities for the rink.
“We are pleased that the Sun Peaks Resort ownership has agreed to transfer the Sports Centre to the municipality for a nominal fee,” said Mayor Al Raine in press release.
SPMRM plans for the new rink to be built over the summer. The cost of the new facility is estimated to be $850,000. The municipality has received a $400,000 recreation facilities grant from the Province of B.C., a federal government grant of $95,000 which was approved last year and $50,000 was received from both the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and Area P of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
SPMRM has already purchased the refrigeration unit from an arena in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the boards from the Rose Garden (now called the Moda Centre), home of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks.