Hazelton area residents got an update about the future of their ice arena Wednesday and it wasn’t good.
The Ken Trombley Memorial arena was abruptly shut down last month due to structural concerns and further engineering studies have revealed that there’s no way to salvage any of the roof for future use.
Heart of the Hazeltons Chair Dr. Peter Newbery says the challenge now is to provide an ice surface for the next two years while the community’s new recreation centre is being developed.
Newbery says the group has received a number of heartfelt letters from children pleading organizers to find a way to keep hockey and skating programs alive, including one avid figure skater who would catch early-morning rides with her dad.
Newbery says time is of the essence if the demolition of the roof and building is to occur over the summer and a temporary structure is to be built in the fall.