Lumby arena project proceeds

The focus is on the change rooms but other facilities could be added if the funds exist

Upgrades are moving ahead at Lumby’s arena.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee has confirmed that change room improvements will proceed at Pat Duke Memorial Arena this year.

“In April, we will try and retain an architect and we hope there will be preliminary plans done in May,” said director Randal Ostafichuk.

Construction could possibly begin in June.

“That will depend on whether the public is satisfied with the plans,” said Ostafichuk, adding that there will be consultation with stakeholder groups.

The design process will also determine the cost of the project.

There is currently about $175,000 available for the change rooms, including the $100,000 Lumby received from winning the Kraft Hockeyville title.

Some residents have suggested that while the arena washrooms are being upgraded that a fitness facility be included.

Ostafichuk says the committee isn’t opposed to the idea of a fitness facility but the money for that project currently doesn’t exist.

“If grants and fundraising materializes, other projects will be considered but the focus has to be the change rooms,” he said,

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