Some of the users of the Golden and District Arena have already kicked off their seasons, and there have been a few changes to the facility since they were there last.
The lights over the ice have been replaced, and should help out with the building’s energy bill.
“Those lights are on a two-and-a-half year payback cycle, in terms of what we’re saving in electricity compared to our former light system. In two and a half years it will pretty much have paid for itself,” said Jordan Petrovics, manager of recreation services for the Town of Golden.
The back of the building is also getting some new insulation, through some gas tax funding through Area A. The back offices will be getting insulated, and should also help out on energy costs.
The biggest change, however, took place outside of the building.
“The most notable project, the one the public will notice the most, is the installation of our new electronic sign in front of the building,” said Petrovics. “The whole concept behind the sign is to give an opportunity for all of our user groups at our recreation facilities to be able to advertise what they’re doing. The goal is to put up welcome messages when minor hockey is hosting a tournament and has other teams coming in…Rockets games and all those kinds of things will be worked into it.”
The LED sign will be able to advertise up to 15 events at a time, and can also be used to bring attention to events at other Town facilities, like the Rec Plex.
All existing user groups can have their events on the sign free of charge, just email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. The sign is not intended to be used as an advertising medium for businesses, and the CSRD already has a policy in place to prevent that. However, if a business is sponsoring an event at the facility, then some business messaging can be included.
“We’re excited to have it running, and we’re hopeful that it will increase the awareness of the services that are provided here – not just Town programs, but also all the different clubs and groups,” said Petrovics. “Hopefully it will get more people out, and get them active.”