Temporary Closure of Memorial Arena
UPDATE: ON NOV. 24/20, COUNCIL VOTED TO EXCLUDE THIS COST REDUCTION FROM THE 2021-2025 FIVE YEAR BUDGET, LEAVING THE BUDGET FOR MEMORIAL ARENA AS-IS
PROPOSED COST REDUCTION STRATEGY
The Memorial Arena is one of five ice surfaces provided by the City of Kamloops to support sports and recreation activities to City residents.
Under normal conditions, Memorial Arena operates as a multi-use ice rink/dry floor facility with activity programmed for 8-10 months per year (ice hockey, lacrosse, and ball hockey).
Until the end of November 2020, BC Housing has a lease agreement for use as a community emergency shelter. This shelter is being relocated to Kamloops Curling Club December 1, 2020. Due to the pandemic and impacts of public health and safety there have been no discussions to date about the use of Memorial Arena as an ice rink facility for the remainder of 2020.
Keeping Memorial Arena closed for a period of eight months (January – August 2021) would help to support city cost reduction activities to support the achievement of a balanced budget with minimal tax increase for 2021.
COST SAVINGS: UP TO $220,000
Minimal cost would be required to secure and operate the facility with no users. Administration recommends revisiting the decision in August 2021 and bringing the discussion forward for consideration at that time when more information on budgets and impact of the pandemic are available.
- It is expected that the dry floor user groups impacted with this decision (lacrosse, ball hockey) would be able to find floor time in another arena as required.
- It is expected that the unavailability of the ice surface would negatively impact groups and organizations seeking ice time
- It is likely that the loss of the single surface will place increased demands on the remaining, in use ice surfaces
- Due to the lengthy duration of the total closure proposed, there is a risk of encountering issues during the startup phase of the venue.