By Marianne Curtis
The St. Malo Arena is getting some much needed upgrades after the province recently announced that they will provide $68,500 to assist Club Sportiff Yberville with repairs and upgrades.
La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux personally made the announcement.
“Community clubs and hockey arenas serve a vital role in ensuring people have a place to meet, play and stay in shape,” said Lemieux. “This funding will help keep the building in good shape so it can serve the community for many years to come.”
The first phase of the project will focus on repairs and upgrades to the current structure so it is more efficient and will be better suited to host other events year-round. The ability to host other events will also contribute to efforts to bring in more revenue and further help the community, said Lemieux.
RM of De Salaberry reeve Ron Musiak thanked the provincial and federal governments for their support.
“We are grateful that both governments recognize the importance of the facility to the community,” stated Musiak.
A number of upgrades are planned including new boards and glass for the rink, additional dressing rooms and a referee room with the kind of amenities that will allow St. Malo to host more local and even national tournaments. In addition, an exercise facility will be developed in the basement and energy-efficiency improvements will be made throughout.
Club Sportiff is matching the provincial support and has raised nearly $70,000 towards the project. The project has also received federal government support.