By Marianne Curtis
Residents in the RM of Ritchot and sport fans alike have a lot to celebrate after the province recently announced that the arena in Ile Des Chenes will see a major arena upgrade over the next few months.
On May 21, La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemiuex came to Ile Des Chenes to announce that the province will be investing $430,000 in the community’s arena facility. The money will be used to make improvements to the Ile Des Chenes arena along with the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system. This system will be connected to the arena, the new community center and municipal fire hall.
“Today’s announcement includes the installation of a geothermal system and will provide ongoing cost savings for the arena,” stated Lemieux.
Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk was pleased with the announcement.
“We will be redoing the floor, boards and bleachers,” explained Stefaniuk. “This will be a very efficient system and it will last a long time which will save us a lot of money in the long run.”
It is anticipated that installing a geothermal system in the facility will amount to a cost savings of about 65 percent for the RM of Ritchot.
As part of the project, the facilities ice plant and concrete ice surface at the arena will be replaced, a new room to house the ice-resurfacing equipment will be constructed and new boards around the rink will be installed.
The entire project is expected to cost about $1.1 million which will be levied as a local improvement in Ile Des Chenes and Grande Pointe. Construction has already begun and a fall completion date is anticipated.
La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux and Ritchot Mayor Bob Stefaniuk discuss the plans for the Ile Des Chenes arena upgrade.