Hockey will be returning to the Dryden Memorial Arena at the end of the month, if councillors approve the city’s reopening plan.

At this week’s virtual Committee of the Whole meeting, Community Services Manager Steve Belanger presented a report to councillors, recommending a staged return to ice programming schedule.

This schedule would see Rink 1, the Memorial Arena, season begin in late September, and Rink 2, Pronger Rink, would reopen in early November. Councillors are set to make their decision on the plan on September 28.

The Dryden Pool has also begun offering limited programming. Weekend operations will also resume with reduced hours. An appointment or reservation system will be introduced, in a similar manner to the gym and fitness facilities, which reopened last month. Drop-ins will be accepted, but spaces are not guaranteed.

Belanger adds that revenues and attendance continue to trend upwards on a weekly basis, as residents become more comfortable with the facility’s protocols and guidelines.

“Staff are pleased to report that the opening has been a safe, seamless re-introduction that has been well received by the patrons and staff alike,” explained Belanger.

“By all indications, staff and patrons are feeling safe and secure in resuming their pursuits with the procedures and protocols that have been implemented.”

Belanger’s report also recommends a one year extension to the agreement between the City of Dryden, the Memorial Arena and the concessionaire Wayne Grandmont, after this year’s hockey season was abruptly cancelled in March.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League’s 2020-2021 season is tentatively set to start on November 15. The Dryden Hockey School was originally scheduled for the end of August, but has been postponed to next summer.

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