There is a lot happening when it comes to new territory in Prescott.
First, the city is receiving funding from both federal as well as provincial governments; Second, the yet-to-be-created area is already a new name.
Prescott Mayor Brett Todd said construction activity would begin on the property, located at the corner of Churchill Road and Sophia Street, within a few weeks. The facility is one step closer to reality after federal and provincial governments invested approximately $ 10 million in the project.
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“It was a provincially run process mostly at the local level. Infrastructure Ontario actually approves it and then it goes to the federal government, ”he said.
“(It) is more direct, hand-in-hand with the province, but very grateful to the federal government because it is their infrastructure program at the end of the day in conjunction with the province, and I’m not happy to work with both.” Government level can be
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Gauri Shankar is a Prescott Municipal Councilor and also a member of the project’s fundraising committee.
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“We did many studies after losing our rink three years ago,” said Shankar. “We saw how many kids in the area use the rink for hockey, for figure skating … it is very much needed.”
The new arena, the cornerstone of the recreational hub, will replace the city’s Leo Boivin Community Center. The arena closed in August of 2018 after a leak was discovered in the ice-making system.
The new area and community center will be named after Elaine Chartrand. Todd says the two-time Canadian national figure skating champion’s grandparents bought the rights to the name for $ 500,000.
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“It’s a wonderful made-in-presscoat story,” Todd said. “The community really supported her when she was building a great career, when she was participating in those national competitions. And now the Chartrend family to honor a daughter, a granddaughter and a figure-skating icon Has come forward
“It is something that is tremendous for the whole community. It is a fantastic story overall. “
Shaker says the city has not forgotten about the name Leo Biovin and that the story of the former NHLer will carry on.
“There will be a tribute to him in the main lobby. You are going to welcome Leo Brick which the public can buy but it will not be forgotten, it is sure. “
Todd says they are hoping that the roughly $ 15 million arena project will be completed by the end of 2022 or early 2023.
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