September 14, 2013 - 1:42 PM
WEST KELOWNA - Representatives and community members gathered today during a free public skate to celebrate the completion of the newly-renovated Jim Lind Arena, a project that benefited from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
“Our Government is proud to have supported this new lease on life for the Jim Lind Arena,” said Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Upgrading recreational facilities such as this one helps boost the local economy while fostering healthy communities for years to come.”
The Government of Canada’s investment of $250,126 enabled the District of West Kelowna to complete much-needed renovations to this popular community facility.
“After serving us faithfully for almost 40 years, Jim Lind Arena was showing its age and was in desperate need of repair and attention,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “On behalf of West Kelowna Council and all the users of this facility, young and old, I thank the Federal Government and our MP Dan Albas for its generous support of this project.”
The project cost $1.1 million and included:
· A new concrete ice floor
· New rink boards
· New rink glass
· New rink lights
From April 1 through August 8, 2013, Jim Lind Arena was closed for renovations. This important upgrade will ensure the continued, long-term use of the 40-year-old Jim Lind Arena. The original ice floor was built in 1974 and was expected to last up to 40 years. The floor has had two major leaks in the past seven years, causing unfortunate service disruptions. The rink boards, also built in 1974, were made of wood and were old and worn. The new boards are metal frame and less susceptible to rot. The rink glass now meets industry recommended height standards and is seamless. New energy-efficient lights improve visibility in the facility as well as reducing the building’s energy consumption by approximately 38 per cent.
West Kelowna Council also agreed to put $25,000 earned during West Kelowna’s participation in Hockeyville 2012 towards a new score clock and washroom renovations in Jim Lind Arena.
The District of West Kelowna thanks the Government of Canada for this assistance under the Economic Action Plan.
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