Discussions continue for future arena upgrades with focus on aquatics to be added this spring.
The Coaldale Arena Enhancement Working Group is a community-based, user group-driven citizen committee that was formed by the Town of Coaldale to help guide future Coaldale Arena upgrades, specifically to inform the design of an enhanced arena facility that includes a second sheet of ice.
The group was formed after the Coaldale Minor Hockey Association made a request to Town Council to start a committee focused on arena enhancement in February 2020. The group includes representation from the broader community as well as key user groups like the Coaldale Copperheads, Coaldale Minor Hockey Association, and Coaldale Figure Skating Club.
“The working group members have been leading the discussion thus far, with the Town taking a more supportive role,” said Spencer Croil, Director of Planning and Community Development at the Town of Coaldale. “The group members identified early on that although a second sheet of ice is their primary focus, it cannot be discussed in isolation from other recreational activities desired by the community. In particular, the working group has indicated that discussion regarding future upgrades to Coaldale’s aquatic facility is clearly a desire.”
The Town is committed to offering assistance and resources to the group while allowing for the group members to take a direct hand in leading the process. In addition to the arena, community consultation surrounding the future of aquatics in Coaldale will be revisited in spring or summer of 2021 alongside the discussion to upgrade Coaldale’s arena at the recommendation of the Working Group.
“It’s apparent from the extensive community engagement done in previous years and ongoing discussions with the community that there is a desire to have a pool in Coaldale,” said Russ Tanner, Director of Recreation and Community Services at the Town of Coaldale. “In order to provide the amenities and services desired by the community with a fixed amount of capital available to the Town each year, we have strategically chosen to build amenities that pay for themselves first. With these projects underway, we can now start considering other recreation facilities that require more upfront and ongoing financial support, such as a pool, with less of a burden to the taxpayer.”
To learn more about the Arena Enhancement Working Group, visit our Community Engagement page.