Central arena upgrades to begin in May - some program disruption is expected.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

April 26, 2017



Improvements to the Central Recreation Centre arena and auditorium, will begin at the end of May.

Over the next year, the following enhancements will be made:

• A new passenger elevator (funded by Canada 150 Infrastructure Grant Program)
Central Auditorium and Accessibility Upgrades
• Installation of new windows to improve natural lighting
• New sports flooring
• New kitchenette
• New lining for pickle ball court
• A new universal washroom
• A new accessible ramp providing access from the lobby to the rink.

The recreation centre will remain open throughout the construction although users may experience some disruptions during construction:

• The front doors of Central arena will remain open. Visitors wishing to access the auditorium will be required to use the auditorium entrance located on the east side of the building.

• During the construction of the accessible ramp, ice users will be required to use the east and west arena pad doors to gain access to the ice.

• During the renovations of the auditorium the space will be closed for use.
Signage will be installed to help direct users.

As a result of the construction, some youth and senior programming as well as rentals will be experience service interruptions. Plans are being made to accommodate these users and renters at other city facilities where possible.

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1 comment to Central arena upgrades to begin in May – some program disruption is expected.

  • Penny

    This is good news. Central Arena was in need of renovation. The improvements will be very beneficial for the public who uses this facility. Perhaps the kitchenette will allow for cooking classes or cooking demonstrations for both children and adults.

    I also noticed that improvements are being made to the outdoor public washrooms that are located near the park near Central Arena.