Eric Graves was a member of one of the 23 teams to tee off at the Sept. 27 charity golf fundraising event for Kingston’s arena, recently re-named the Credit Union Centre. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Nancy Kelly
The doors of the Kingston arena are open for another season, but without any of the planned upgrades accomplished.
The arena’s board chairman Wayne Fowler said funding for phase two repairs to the recently-renamed Credit Union Centre to replace the boards, glass and netting has now been secured, but it wasn’t in time to get the work done before the 2013-2014 ice season. A tender announcement for the work is expected in the near future.
Last year, an equipment failure forced the arena management to carry out emergency repairs which included removing the rink’s concrete floor and replacing the ice plant’s pipes in a temporary sand floor. Because the repairs were made with a single year’s use in mind, Fowler said putting off the second phase of work until spring 2014 meant making another fix to last year’s emergency fix.
“We had to put on another band aid to get us through the season,” said Fowler, adding work to re-secure the boards was done before the ice was installed in September.
Fowler said the arena management group is now looking to raising funds for phase three of the arena overhaul that will keep the facility functioning for years to come. The final stage of work will include a new concrete pad, pipes and a heater.
Despite a delay to the infrastructure work, the arena has been taking on a new look, one that reflects the new sponsor. Fowler said interior painting has been completed and hopes new exterior signage will be installed in the coming weeks.
The arena recently benefited from a successful golf tournament fundraiser, held at Paragon golf course Sept. 27. Postponed from the original date earlier in the month due to poor weather conditions, the annual tournament attracted 23 teams. Special donations included $2,500 from the Village of Kingston, which represented the village’s share of the Kingston Steer Barbeque proceeds, and a $1,400 donation from Team Joshua in memory of Josh Graves. A donation of $10,400 from Greenwood Auto Sales also factored into the total raised for the arena upgrade project.