City To Consider Removing Ice At Adie Knox Arena

Monday January 5th, 2015

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The City of Windsor is considering removing the ice from Adie Knox Herman Arena and converting it to other uses in order to save money.

In a budget report released Monday, city administration says that the arena is 45 years old and is the only single pad ice rink left within the City of Windsor. The remaining ice rinks operate multiple pads.

The area is generally booked from September to March and has occasional summer floor bookings in the off season, such as Roller Derby, according to the report.

The city says that the past few years the supply of ice pads has continually increased within Windsor-Essex County. There has been an increase in operational pads in Lakeshore, Amherstburg, LaSalle, Tecumseh and the Windsor Central Park Facility.

They say that the additional pads located within Windsor-Essex County have increased competition for the Corporation of the City of Windsor to book ice rentals at City of Windsor facilities, and as a result the ice revenues are below the budgeted amount.

The facility could be used year-round for activities such as lacrosse and roller derby on a cost-recovery basis, according to the report.

The conversion would carry a capital cost of approximately $50,000 for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

If Council accepts the conversion, the Recreation department says they will work to accommodate the user groups of this facility at other facilities

The department would transfer the full-time rink attendants from Adie Knox Herman Arena to the WFCU Centre and reduce the part-time staffing at that location.

The conversion would be a savings in the Recreation and Culture department of $43,071 and $10,575 to the Parks and Facilities Operations department for a total city savings of $53,646.

It is recommended that the conversion to a non-ice facility would be implemented after the 2014/2015 ice season is complete.

The budget goes to City Council on January 19th.

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