City Set to Unveil Renovated Arena Complex

January 20, 2012

City Set to Unveil Renovated Arena Complex

PITT MEADOWS, B.C. – Residents and media are invited to join Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission MP Randy Kamp, Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters and members of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services Commission at the official re-opening of the renovated Pitt Meadows Arena Complex.

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012

Location: Pitt Meadows Arena Complex
11435 Bonson Road, Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Time: Grand Re-opening: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free Public Skate: 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Public Skate sponsored by Nustadia Recreation Inc.
Skaters are encouraged to bring a donation for the food bank.

“Our Government is proud to celebrate the completion of another successful project supported by Canada's Economic Action Plan” said Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission MP Randy Kamp, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “Our investment in the Pitt Meadows Arena Complex will make a lasting difference for our families' quality of life.”

The city-owned arena facility has undergone a major transformation since being acquired in February 2009. Nearly three years later, construction is now complete and the arena is looking brand new. Repairs to the fire and life safety systems and building envelope have are complete, upgrades to the mechanical and HVAC systems have been made and the interior substantially refurbished thanks in part to $1 million in funding received through the Government of Canada's Recreation Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. The renovation, with accelerated phases, took over 2 years to complete at a cost of over $8.6 million – less than half of what it would have been to replace the three sheet arena.

“This would not have been possible without the Government of Canada's commitment to improving infrastructure and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for our citizens, added Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters. “I am so proud of all who have been involved in this project, including the Ridge Meadows Arena Society, Recreation Excellence, and the many volunteers that contributed to arena operations over the years. Everyone's patience is now paying off, and we have a community asset we can all be proud of.”

“The new operator, Nustadia Recreation Inc., has done an outstanding job of providing services,” noted Kelly Swift, General Manager of Community Development and Parks and Recreation. “I want to thank all the user groups and the operators for their support during these extensive renovations. The City has made a sizable investment in this facility and we appreciate the care that Nustadia has taken to ensure that we continue to offer top notch services in an enhanced facility.”

The Arena Complex is Pitt Meadows' most used facility with over 700,000 visits per year. The original twin rink structure was built in 1992, with an additional sheet added in 1995. Situated next to the South Bonson Athletic Park's multi-purpose sports field, the arena offers 3 ice sheets, 2 cement dry floor arenas, 12 change rooms, concession, and public viewing areas. Users include Minor Ice and Floor Hockey, Group and Private Skating, Figure Skating, RPM Hockey School, Ball Hockey, Lacrosse, Hockey Academy, Public Skating, and Learn to Skate programs.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program invested $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in the West website, or Canada's Economic Action Plan website for more information.

Media Contacts:

Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Telephone: 604-666-1318

Lorna Jones
Director, HR and Communications
City of Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
Telephone: 604-465-2448