The province has committed $5 million in funding toward a new arena in Peguis, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
“A recreational complex is often the source of community pride and a gathering place for all ages,” said Ashton. “Our government is pleased to be able to help ensure this important facility gets back up and running to provide a whole host of fun, healthy activities.”
The provincial contribution is estimated to be one-third of the total cost. The provincial funding will flow starting in 2012. The new arena will meet current recreational challenges left following a devastating fire that destroyed the old arena in 2007, said Ashton.
“I am happy to be able to partner with the province on this new arena project. Peguis First Nation will see many benefits from this important new facility including community building, increased wellness for all ages, and safe and healthy activities for our youth. The community is grateful to see this much‑needed facility become a reality,” said Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson.
“The financial support from the province will help Peguis in their rebuilding effort,” said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for sport, at a community event today. “We congratulate the community for coming together on this exciting project.”
The new two-storey arena will be 69,000 square feet in size and will feature:
– a skating rink,
– a walking track,
– grandstands to seat 1,800 people,
– office space,
– concessions, and
– eight dressing rooms.
In 2008, the province committed to funding of $500,000 for an energy-efficient ice plant for the arena.
Ashton noted, the new arena will allow Peguis First Nation to repatriate its Junior B Hockey Team. The addition of a new arena would also allow the First Nation to bid on a Junior A team which would allow Peguis to compete with other First Nations such as Opaskwayak and Waywayseecappo in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.