With Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home orders, work will be taking place at the Dryden Recreation Centre and Memorial Arena.

During a virtual Committee of the Whole meeting, Community Services Manager Steve Belanger says a number of maintenance projects will be completed over the next two weeks, including:

- Painting of both the male and female change rooms, staff area, arena office, Pronger Rink washrooms and the downstairs mechanical room floors,
- Re-organization of the pool staff and equipment rooms,
- Counter replacements in both the male and female pool change rooms
- Updating and installation of emergency evacuation signage in the facility,
- Deep clean of all fitness equipment,
- Buffing of floors in the common areas of the Memorial Arena.

While Rink 2 at the Memorial Arena is still being used, councillors had the option to remove the ice and move activities to Rink 1, or they could have removed both ice surfaces, which would involve staff-layoffs.

Belanger stressed this wasn’t his preferred option, but it could save the City around $10,000. He noted hockey tournaments like the Northern Bands and Lil’ Bands tournaments have been cancelled in 2021.

Councillors said it was premature to pull the ice, as the hope is that the regular ice season with hockey and curling resumes as soon as next month, after Ontario’s state of emergency presumably ends, and moved to keep the ice as-is. 

Residents are reminded that Milestone Rink is now open, but the warm-up shack will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 concerns.

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