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Weather and electrical issues take toll on Penticton arenas

Cleanup and repair work has begun on Memorial Arena dressing rooms following a partial collapse of the roof after snow slid off the main arena arch.
January 08, 2016 - 8:00 PM

PENTICTON - The City of Penticton’s recreation department took a few hits over the holidays, with weather playing a role in damage to some of the city’s recreational facilities.

Communications officer Simone Blais says the last few weeks of snow build up on the north side of the Memorial Arena roof partially collapsed two of the arena’s dressing room roofs after the snow slid down the arched roof onto the flat roofs of the dressing rooms.

The snow also damaged roof top heating units.

Blais says the dressing rooms will be closed until at least next week as the extent of the damage must be investigated. They'll reopen once the area of collapse is deemed safe.

An area surrounding the north side of the roof has been cordoned off because inspections indicate further snow loads could slide.

Blais says McLaren Arena also experienced some problems over the holidays due to an issue with the building's electrical panel. The recreation department required a part to be delivered before the arena could become operational again, which resulted in a brief closure of the facility.

Finally, the Adidas Sportsplex is suffering ongoing issues with its heating system.

“The city is working with facility users on solutions,” Blais says.

A Penticton public works crew cleans up excess snow from the roof of Memorial Arena, Friday, Jan 8, 2015.
A Penticton public works crew cleans up excess snow from the roof of Memorial Arena, Friday, Jan 8, 2015.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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