City staff in Kenora revisited twinning the rink at the rec centre, and they say the cost could reach $22 million dollars, at a time when the population is aging. Councillors were also told rinks were twinned in Dryden and Fort Frances, when matching grants were available.
However, staff note the project might bring in junior hockey and more tournaments into the community. Staff are also hoping to engage more Indigenous participants in city programs.
A new push to twin the rink started in 2013. In recent years, council has been weighing the cost of detailed design, which could be between $500,000 and $750,000, depending on government grants.
Suggestions have also been made to use an innovative fabric shell, as is being used in Collingwood, in an effort to reduce the cost. There has also been suggestions of moving ahead with the project in phases.
Opponents of the project have noted money has already been spent on renovations at the Keewatin Arena, while the former JM arena is now a soccer complex and another event venue has been added at Seven Generations.
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