Ice Oval Society’s Request Of The City Approved

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Ice Oval Society's Request Of The City Approved

The Ice Oval Society went before Council with a specific ask of the City and left Council Chambers happy. A presentation was made to  Mayor and Council, looking at the improvements to the ice oval over the years, such as the equipment facility and Canfor House. But one area the Society cannot change or improve upon is the weather. That was evidenced during the Canada Winter Games, when temperatures rose to the point the speed skating events had to be moved to Fort St. John.
The goal of the Society is to have the oval refrigerated, converting it to a 12-month facility. However, the cost of that is $3.7 million. But, rather than the Society asking for a portion of that amount or any of it, it asked Council was to have the project placed on the 2018 unfunded capital plan. That is a list of project’s that have been identified for consideration, although no money has been committed to thye project. Society President Kathy Lewis says that commitment alone would sent a strong signal to other potential funding sources, such as the federal and provincial governments.
It was a request more than one Councillor found was “a-doable.”
There was some concerns about committing to a capital plan when there are a number of civic facilities that attention, to which Lewis replied “The oval is a city facility, there’s just no roof on it.”
The Society has committed to raising $500,000 itself.

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