Victoria, BC- The Peninsula Recreation Commission officially reopened Arena B at Panorama Recreation Centre with the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association and the Peninsula Panthers on October 15, 2017. The day was marked with free entertainment and fun events for community members.
Activities included an opening ceremony followed by a free skate on the new ice surface. The event also included an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, road hockey, free skate sharpening and a visit from Panorama Recreation‘s own mascot, Slider the Penguin.
Arena B was part of the original recreation centre that was built in 1977. After 40 years, the arena B floor reached the end of its service life and required replacement. Moore Wilson Architects was retained to carry out the design work. Construction commenced on April 3, 2017, and was completed on October 5, 2017.
“We were very fortunate to receive a $500,000 Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Grant to assist with this 2.2 million dollar project” said Wayne Ruffle, Chair, Peninsula Recreation Commission. “We are excited to showcase the new state-of-the art floor and the many new arena features.”
New features include:
More energy efficient floor cooling system
Aluminum rink board frames for better flexing on player impact for added safety
6' high glass on the sides and 8’ high glass on the ends, (previously 4')
Expanded player's boxes, including raised platform for coaches
Realignment of the player box gates
Relocation and enhanced penalty and timekeeper's box (larger size, heated, power source, data ports, internet, PA system)
New netting to full height of facility
New more efficient radiant spectator heaters
“Our players are enjoying the extra space in the player box and enhanced game due to the new increased height of the glass.” Said Pete Zubersky, General Manager/Governor, Peninsula Panthers. “The new flexible boards provide an increase in safety for not only ours but all players”.
Panorama Recreation strives to be forward thinking and innovative when offering recreation services for the local community. “We are very proud to be a sustainable facility and provide the best quality and experience for all our arena users.” Ruffle said.
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