The Prescott arena should be finished next June

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They will be on the ice at the end of next summer.

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The new arena and multi-purpose recreational facility in Prescott continues to take shape. The multi-million dollar complex is located on Churchill Road West, just east of Sophia Street, opposite the Kriska warehouse.

The arena project was among the many items on the agenda of the Prescott council meeting this week.

“Everything is fine,” said Nathan Richard, the city’s director of operations.

As the walls begin to rise and the roof foundations are being finalized, work is also underway inside the structure. Excavation continues for placement of water and sanitary lines east along Churchill.

“The rink is doing pretty well,” the councilor said. Ray Young.

Once the roof is in place this fall and the building is fenced, the ice surface can be poured. Next, the focus will be on contractors and trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical, noted Prescott CAO Matthew Armstrong.

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The groundbreaking ceremony at the site took place in mid-summer 2021. It was hoped that the project could be completed by the end of winter 2023. The installation is now expected to be completed next June , according to Armstrong.

“It will be a real gem for the city for many decades to come,” Mayor Brett Todd said.

He said it’s exciting to see that the structure now looks like a building with the frame in place.

“It also shows how big the rink we’re building here is,” said Todd, who said the project is about 45% complete.

The rink will have a seating capacity of 800 in the stands plus additional seats in the lobby. There will also be standing room on the first and second floors.

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“People expecting a standard small town rink…all due respect to Cardinal, but that’s not it,” commented the mayor of Prescott. “It’s considerably larger.”

The city’s new arena will be named after two-time senior Canadian women’s skating champion Alaine Chartrand, a long-time member of the Prescott Figure Skating Club. The naming rights were granted as part of a community fundraising campaign led by Judi Baril and David Beatty to support the millions of dollars in infrastructure funding provided by the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

The skating rink at the Léo Boivin Community Center on rue Dibble Est was permanently closed a little over four years ago. The community center remains in use for recreation and special events.

The city will be ready to accept reservations for the 2023-2024 ice season by the end of winter, the meeting noted.

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