The Golden & District Recreation Centre, otherwise known as the “Plywood Palace”, has been closed since November 25 due to a chiller failure. CLAIRE PALMER/STAR PHOTO

Arena set to re-open in mid-January

The Town of Golden and Columbia Shuswap Regional District have developed a plan to get skates back on the ice at the Golden & District Recreation Centre with a target re-opening date of January 10, 2020.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Directors voted unanimously on Friday, December 6 to support the purchase of a new ice chiller for the facility at a cost of $150,000 to $200,000. The CSRD is the owner of the building, which is operated under a contract agreement with the Town of Golden.

A permanent ice chiller replacement for the facility will likely take eight to 12 weeks to be delivered and installed at the Golden & District Recreation Centre. This delay was effectively going to end the season for many of the facility’s user groups. The arena supports the Junior B Golden Rockets as well as minor hockey, figure skating and other public programs.

Working together, the CSRD and Town staff found a temporary chiller which can be rented. This will allow for the ice to be reinstalled in January and ready for skaters to complete their sport seasons. It will cost approximately $80,000 to rent the chiller, however, this is offset by the $70,000 to $80,000 in operational revenue that would be lost without an ice surface.

There would also be a loss in the economic benefits to businesses in the Town of Golden from outof-town visitors coming to stay for hockey games, tournaments or other events.

In light of this, the CSRD Board also agreed to authorize funding up to a maximum of $80,000 towards the rental of a temporary chiller.

“It has been a difficult situation for the community to lose the use of their arena, but I commend the staff of both the Town of Golden and the CSRD for working so quickly to find solutions,” says Electoral Area A Director Karen Cathcart. “I know this is an unexpected expense, but for the community, this is the right thing to do. I thank the Board for agreeing to provide the funds to get our community skating again.”

Town of Golden Mayor Ron Oszust calls the news fantastic, noting the Golden & District Recreation Centre is one of the community’s most-used facilities.

“The Golden Arena is one of the true shared services in the community. It’s great to see everyone working together to come up with a solution to keep the arena running for the season, “says Mayor Oszust. “Thanks to the public and user groups for their patience and cooperation during the closure, we look forward to reopening in January.”

As the chiller was only nine years old and the life expectancy of ice chillers is approximately 20 years, the CSRD has submitted an insurance claim in hopes of recouping some of the costs.

Before the temporary ice chiller is installed and a new ice surface can be developed, the Town and the CSRD is continuing to work with user groups on alternative locations, such as using an outdoor ice surface in Parson for some of their activities.

Both the CSRD and the Town of Golden will keep residents informed of progress and timelines on the project as additional details become available.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Roots & Blues announces ticket giveaway ahead of online festival

The festival is streaming free online this year, but those who pre-register can win passes for 2021.

Morning Start: Water can freeze and boil at the same time

Your morning start for Thursday, August 6, 2020

Hunting cabins were built west of Summerland

Area around Darke Lake was once known as the Piggeries

Kootenay doctor among 82 physicians, dentists calling on province for mandatory mask rule

Open letter says masks should be worn in indoor public spaces, public transportation or in crowds

Body of 21-year-old man found in Okanagan Lake

BC Coroners Service is investigating the circumstances of the man’s death

371 British Columbians battling COVID-19, health officials confirm

Thursday (Aug. 6) saw a second straight day of nearly 50 new confirmed cases

Smoker Farms bringing craft-style cannabis to Beaverdell

Husband-wife team growing small-scale cultivations of marijuana

Penticton man wakes to wildfire, forced to evacuate

A wildfire sparked off the side of Highway 97 near Penticton on Thursday

Anti-gang cops probe Kelowna’s street-level drug trade over B.C. Day long weekend

CFSEU’s Gang Enforcement Team was deployed to Kelowna last weekend

Man allegedly wielding knife at Kelowna Superstore arrested

The 29-year-old Kelowna man has been released on strict conditions for a future court date

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Most Read