The Golden Minor Hockey Association is looking to take Canada's game outside with a new arena in Golden.

Minor Hockey presents big idea during council meeting in Golden

Golden Minor Hockey is proposing to construct an outdoor area in Golden.

Golden Minor Hockey Vice President Mike Palumbo appeared before council to talk about an exciting project the club is working towards.

For the past two years, the group has been discussing the possibility of constructing an outdoor arena in Golden.

“At this point, it is a very initial discussion,” said Palumbo. “We just have a general idea and plan of what we’re thinking here.”

The lighted outdoor arena, spanning 220 by 110 feet, would be covered by an open timberframe structure, suitable for hockey games, tournaments, figure skating, and public skating, and would be named after former mayor Aman Virk.

In the summer the space could be a multi-use facility suitable for summer sports, outdoor markets, and private functions.

Right now the location is not set in stone, but the ideal spot for the project appears to be beside the Seniors Centre, where the Golden Horse Shoe Club used to operate. When the club stopped being active, the land was given back to the Town.

Palumbo’s hope in appearing before council was to secure that piece of land for the project.

“Nobody is using it, and the building there is actually quite nice…There’s a men’s and women’s bathroom, and enough room for a couple change rooms,” said Palumbo.

There have been some initial promises of donated labour to cut down the costs of the first phase of construction (clearing trees etc.), and Palumbo expects that the overall budget would be between $400,000 and $500,00.

Golden Minor Hockey would take on the cost and time to build the facility, but are asking that the Town of Golden take over operation costs once it is completed. However, Palumbo said that user fees from out of town user groups and tournaments would bring in significant funds.

Council does not make decisions on requests during delegations, so they made the motion to defer the topic to the next council meeting for discussion.

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