Skating club given extension to pay fees

White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee gives Lumby Figure Skating Club until 2013 to cover outstanding arena rental fees

A group  that promotes healthy lifestyles and self-confidence among youth is getting a hand.

The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee will give the Lumby Figure Skating Club until 2013 to cover outstanding arena rental fees.

“For the survival of the club, it’s important to look at solutions we can live with,” said Rick Fairbairn, WVPRCC chairperson.

The club owes $1,750 from 2011 and of the $17,000 budgeted for ice rental in 2012, a $7,375 deficit is projected.

“They have managed to pay back a portion through gaming grants but gaming grants have been cut back,” said Tannis Nelson, WVPRCC’s community development co-ordinator, of the primary reason for the financial situation facing the organization.

The club has been trying to address the shortfall, including by increasing registration by 35 per cent.

“They are also doing what they can to scale back costs,” said Nelson.

“We are also looking at ways to increase their revenue opportunities, such as the possible sale of advertising at Pat Duke Arena.”

Fairbairn admits that other groups experiencing financial challenges may seek support similar to what the figure skating club has received.

However, he says each case will be considered on an individual basis and WVPRCC decided to take action because the figure skating club is being proactive.

He also points out that taxpayers have made a significant investment in the arena.

“We’re spending money on recreational facilities but if we don’t have people using them, it doesn’t make sense.”