EDITORIAL: New arena just the boost Windsor needs

Carole Morris-Underhill
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The Birthplace of Hockey is one step closer to having a rink befitting of Windsor's rich hockey heritage.

The Hants Journal learned last week that plans are afoot to construct a health and wellness centre that would house an Olympic-sized ice surface, walking track, fitness centre and Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit.

The committee working diligently behind the scenes on this proposal has designed a vision that will not only create a much-needed sportsplex in town, but a tourist attraction that will no doubt draw hockey enthusiasts from around the world.

With ice time already at a premium during the hockey season, this project will alleviate the stresses on the system, and help retain our rising stars. Currently, many local youth must play on teams outside of the area in order to further develop their skills.

The creation of this elite centre will make Windsor and West Hants very attractive for families, and will help keep the talent here.

It's heartening to see progress is finally being made on securing a new rink for Windsor. It's long overdue. To construct the arena overlooking Long Pond — the very spot famed writer Thomas C. Haliburton wrote about — is apropos. Linking the Cradle of Hockey with a state-of-the-art arena and a hockey heritage exhibit is just what this region needs to draw visitors and remind residents of the area's rich history.

Joe Seagram, the headmaster of King's-Edgehill School, is championing the cause. His enthusiasm for the project is infectious. When he describes the opportunities that this development would bring to the area, it's easy to see how it would help Windsor become an economic hotspot again.

It's hard not to get excited over the concept. This is something the entire community will benefit from. Even if you're not involved in hockey, or interested in history, there's no denying this complex will be an economic driver for the entire region.

This is a project that needs community support, all levels of government working together, and businesses jumping on board. There's no room for party politics, and no time for egos to get in the way, or personalities to clash.

This is a truly positive project for the area. A public meeting is set for Feb. 5. Let's fill the KES Fountain Performing Arts Centre in a show of support for this venture.

Even people who are not hockey fans should be able to agree that a new sportsplex for the area has been a long time coming. It's time we all step up and help make this vision become a reality.



Organizations: Hants Journal, Hockey Hall of Fame, Fountain Performing Arts Centre King's-Edgehill School

Geographic location: Windsor, West Hants, Long Pond King's-Edgehill School Cradle of Hockey Birthplace of Hockey

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