Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is excited to be gradually welcoming patrons back to its recreational facility over the upcoming months. At a July 22 Commission meeting, staff received direction on reopening further services at Strathcona Gardens, while a difficult decision was made to delay the September opening of the Arena #2 ice rink.
COVID-19 has posed many challenges, including but not limited to, the schedule of work and the acquisition of equipment, materials, and other construction supplies for the completion of energy-efficient updates to Arena #2. As a result, the decision has been made to maintain dry floor space until the new dehumidifier arrives at the end of October and work towards the schedule of installation and commissioning into November.
“We appreciate the inconvenience and truly understand the impact a delayed opening of this arena will have on ice users, however this will enable staff to complete the required upgrades as quickly as possible,” says Strathcona Gardens Commission Chair Andy Adams. “Looking at all the options and the potential for a longer shutdown period when the new equipment arrives, a decision was made to work at the forefront of the installation and minimize the fall/winter 2020 schedule.”
Once upgrades are complete, Arena #2 enhancements will include a new mechanical divider between the leisure ice surface and the main arena space, refurbished benches and new rooftop mechanical equipment. The replacement of three air handling units and a dehumidifier is part of the third phase of the Energy Efficiency Upgrade (EEU) Project funded through the Federal Gas Tax fund. More information and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) can be found at www.srd.ca/eeu.
Currently, Arena #2 maintains dry floor space for individual pre-booked fitness pods, Pickleball courts and leisure ice surface for programs related to the Island Health partnership for support of chronic disease management and the “Take Heart” program. The Rod Brind’Amour Arena is currently in use for regular user groups and arena summer camps.
The aquatic space will reopen in the upcoming months as well, with a gradual introduction to some opportunities through a phased-in approach. Operating pools under COVID-19 require many logistics to be ironed out, and once there is more information on protocols and procedures, this information will be shared publicly. Like other activated areas of the facility, there will be smaller capacity limits and registration for services that may have previously been offered as “drop-in” services.
To stay informed about Strathcona Gardens service updates, please visit www.strathconagardens.com/covid-19.