The Town will celebrate the grand opening of a new vertical lift at the arena on Saturday night.

Vertical lift improves accessibility at Golden Arena

One of Golden’s most well used facilities is now more accessible for community members.

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One of Golden’s most well used facilities is now more accessible for community members.

With the installation of a new vertical lift and electrically operated doors at the main entrance, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District has ensured that the Golden and District Recreation Complex – also known as the Arena – is accessible to all members of the public.

“The new lift is a perfect example of the CSRD’s commitment to increasing accessibility in its facilities,” says Electoral Area A Director Karen Cathcart.

The Federal Government, through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, contributed $38,900 towards the project. The Columbia Basin Trust contributed $30,000 and the balance of funding coming from the CSRD’s capital reserve fund for the Golden Arena. The total cost of the project was $130,000 which also included automatic door openers for the upstairs lounge and main entryway. Local general contractor, Greg McTaggart from Absolutely Hammered Contracting completed the works.

“The Golden Arena is one of the true shared services in the community, and it’s great to have the CSRD take the lead on making this project a reality,” says Mayor Ron Oszust. “The new vertical lift means that more people can access the lounge, a public space located above the main lobby that is used for a variety of activities, including serving as a heated viewing area for the ice surface below. In addition, the new door openers on the front of the building make it easier to enter and exit.”

The project’s scope included the installation of the vertical lift, which is accessed from the arena and lands at a walkway that provides entry to the Arena lounge area. The doorway to the lounge required a small amount of reconfiguration to a window set at one end of the space.

In addition to the vertical lift, the project required a fire rated vertical shaft, an elevator pit and machine room. Building system modifications were also necessary to provide for machine room ventilation, additional sprinkler system heads, fire alarm integration and electrical service for the lift.

The Arena lounge area features a server, storage, washrooms, mirrored walls and a large floor space designed for active use. The space is available for rent year round and is commonly used by groups such as martial arts, belly dancing, summer camps and general meetings. There are funds budgeted in 2016 for updates to the lounge including new paint, new flooring and increased storage capacity.

Come on down to the Golden Arena on Saturday, February 27, to catch the official grand opening of the new lift during the intermission of Golden Figure Skating Club’s Night at the Movies ice show!