Newly renovated Wainfleet Arena reopens

Recently the Wainfleet Arena held a grand reopening after renovations. From left: Alderman Terry Gilmore, Port Colborne CAO Scott Luey, Mayor April Jeffs, three representatives from Wainfleet Minor Hockey, Vance Badawey, MP, Niagara Centre, Richard Nan, Manager of Operations and Alderman Richard Dykstra. Township of Wainfleet photo

Amid considerable interest and excitement, the Wainfleet Arena officially reopened Sunday Oct. 1/2017 after extensive renovations spanning over three years.

The Arena renovation began in 2015 with the replacement of the arena floor and dasherboards, as well as some ice-making equipment and addressing a few health and safety concerns.

Subsequent phases of the project would see an overhaul of the entire electrical system starting at the road, into the new distribution panels and transformers, and included the upgrade of several panels and feeds to the sub panels.

Other key refurbishments included replacing the furnaces; plumbing and hot water system; new insulation; a new roof over the arena; repairing the block work and foundation; building the new vestibules and entrances; new lighting; new flooring; complete replacement of fixtures in washrooms and showers, as well as making the building fully accessible to those with disabilities.

“This project is a very important step in preserving and enhancing a part of our infrastructure,” said Richard Nan, Wainfleet’s Manager of Operations. “This ties into many aspects of community stewardship to assess and manage Wainfleet’s physical assets which were outlined in Council’s Strategic Plan.”

According to Nan, the renovations and materials for the project were chosen for energy efficiency to potentially lower operating costs. The expansion also changes the look and feel of the building with significant expansion of the Senior’s Center, two additional change rooms, a new referee room and a new storage facility for minor hockey.

Wainfleet Mayor, April Jeffs, was very pleased with the results and seeing this project come to fruition.

“This has been a massive undertaking, and I am very proud of the many team members that took part in seeing Councils plan become a reality,” Mayor Jeffs said.

Participants and guests were invited to take part in a tour of the newly renovated facility, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Wainfleet Seniors and the Wainfleet Library’s Healthy Kids Program, which emphasizes the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables for children.

“Many still think of local arenas as just places to skate or play hockey,” said Recreation Coordinator Jeremy Worrall. “Municipalities like ours are exploring new opportunities to use these facilities for community involvement in a wide variety of activities.”

Besides the Wainfleet Seniors group, one of the biggest collaborators with the area is Wainfleet’s own Public Library, whose popular FITtastic program uses the arena during the summer months.

“This program provides children a safe, free and unstructured place to play and socialize and best of all, its free,” advised Carrie Mayr, Library Programmer.

The Township is pleased to acknowledge $290,000 in federal assistance provided to this project from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Source – Township of Wainfleet press release

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