Morgan Firestone Arena gets $10.2 million twin pad

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Morgan Firestone Arena is getting a second ice

surface in time for the 2011 hockey season.

Federal minister of transportation, infrastructure and

communities John Baird made the funding announcement Friday morning along with

Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin and MP David Sweet. The federal, provincial and

municipal governments will each contribute more than $3.4 million for the

project, which is slated for completion by March 2011.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the arena twinning

was his number one priority for the remainder of his council term.

“This is not good news. This is incredible news,” Mr.

Ferguson said. “Ancaster has experienced explosive growth. The population has

almost doubled since this arena opened.”

A detailed design will be completed this winter, with

construction slated to begin next year. Mr. Ferguson said he anticipates the

city’s share of the funding will come from a development charge reserve fund.

Hamilton’s recreation director Diane Lapointe-Kay said the

new ice surface should be substantially complete by March, 2011.

“Our goal will be to work as hard as we can to meet that

deadline,” she said.

The new ice surface will mirror the existing pad, with

dressing rooms, washrooms and seating for 250.

In a speech steeped with praise for the federal Conservatives,

Mr. Baird said the current government is doing more than its predecessors to

support municipalities in difficult economic times.

“In the last downturn the federal government cut back

funding for municipalities,” Mr. Baid said. He also accused previous

governments of shortchanging Ontario’s infrastructure needs.

“We are the first government in generations to come forward

with a fair deal for Ontario,” Mr. Baird said.

MPP Ted McMeekin also praised the provincial Liberals’ plan

to invest $32.5 billion in infrastructure grants over two years, which is

expected to create 300,000 jobs.

“This particular investment will give Ancaster the arena

that will serve young skaters now and for years to come,” said  Mr. McMeekin.

Representatives from the Ancaster Skating Club, Ancaster

Minor Hockey and Ancaster Girls Hockey were also on hand for the announcement.

Ancaster Minor Hockey League president Dean Morrow said he’s

thrilled to hear about the new expansion. The AMHL had no prior knowledge of

the announcement. The league has experienced steady growth in recent years

which has forced organizers to book ice time at several arenas outside

Ancaster.

When plans for a twin ice surface were first announced three

years ago, city officials also began examining the potential closure of Spring

Valley Arena.

“I will definitely fight to keep Spring Valley open,” said

Mr. Morrow.

Ms. Lapointe-Kay said the city will conduct a feasibility

study to determine the future use of 

Spring Valley, Ancaster’s original public arena.

“That’s a totally separate issue,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I

would rather focus on the good news here today.”

Built in 1992, Morgan Firestone Arena was named for benefactor

Morgan Firestone who contributed $500,000 to the Town of Ancaster in 1994. The

funds were used as part of a $3.6 million expansion for the complex now known

as the Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Morgan Firestone Arena gets $10.2 million twin pad

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Morgan Firestone Arena is getting a second ice

surface in time for the 2011 hockey season.

Federal minister of transportation, infrastructure and

communities John Baird made the funding announcement Friday morning along with

Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin and MP David Sweet. The federal, provincial and

municipal governments will each contribute more than $3.4 million for the

project, which is slated for completion by March 2011.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the arena twinning

was his number one priority for the remainder of his council term.

“This is not good news. This is incredible news,” Mr.

Ferguson said. “Ancaster has experienced explosive growth. The population has

almost doubled since this arena opened.”

A detailed design will be completed this winter, with

construction slated to begin next year. Mr. Ferguson said he anticipates the

city’s share of the funding will come from a development charge reserve fund.

Hamilton’s recreation director Diane Lapointe-Kay said the

new ice surface should be substantially complete by March, 2011.

“Our goal will be to work as hard as we can to meet that

deadline,” she said.

The new ice surface will mirror the existing pad, with

dressing rooms, washrooms and seating for 250.

In a speech steeped with praise for the federal Conservatives,

Mr. Baird said the current government is doing more than its predecessors to

support municipalities in difficult economic times.

“In the last downturn the federal government cut back

funding for municipalities,” Mr. Baid said. He also accused previous

governments of shortchanging Ontario’s infrastructure needs.

“We are the first government in generations to come forward

with a fair deal for Ontario,” Mr. Baird said.

MPP Ted McMeekin also praised the provincial Liberals’ plan

to invest $32.5 billion in infrastructure grants over two years, which is

expected to create 300,000 jobs.

“This particular investment will give Ancaster the arena

that will serve young skaters now and for years to come,” said  Mr. McMeekin.

Representatives from the Ancaster Skating Club, Ancaster

Minor Hockey and Ancaster Girls Hockey were also on hand for the announcement.

Ancaster Minor Hockey League president Dean Morrow said he’s

thrilled to hear about the new expansion. The AMHL had no prior knowledge of

the announcement. The league has experienced steady growth in recent years

which has forced organizers to book ice time at several arenas outside

Ancaster.

When plans for a twin ice surface were first announced three

years ago, city officials also began examining the potential closure of Spring

Valley Arena.

“I will definitely fight to keep Spring Valley open,” said

Mr. Morrow.

Ms. Lapointe-Kay said the city will conduct a feasibility

study to determine the future use of 

Spring Valley, Ancaster’s original public arena.

“That’s a totally separate issue,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I

would rather focus on the good news here today.”

Built in 1992, Morgan Firestone Arena was named for benefactor

Morgan Firestone who contributed $500,000 to the Town of Ancaster in 1994. The

funds were used as part of a $3.6 million expansion for the complex now known

as the Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Morgan Firestone Arena gets $10.2 million twin pad

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Ancaster’s Morgan Firestone Arena is getting a second ice

surface in time for the 2011 hockey season.

Federal minister of transportation, infrastructure and

communities John Baird made the funding announcement Friday morning along with

Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin and MP David Sweet. The federal, provincial and

municipal governments will each contribute more than $3.4 million for the

project, which is slated for completion by March 2011.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the arena twinning

was his number one priority for the remainder of his council term.

“This is not good news. This is incredible news,” Mr.

Ferguson said. “Ancaster has experienced explosive growth. The population has

almost doubled since this arena opened.”

A detailed design will be completed this winter, with

construction slated to begin next year. Mr. Ferguson said he anticipates the

city’s share of the funding will come from a development charge reserve fund.

Hamilton’s recreation director Diane Lapointe-Kay said the

new ice surface should be substantially complete by March, 2011.

“Our goal will be to work as hard as we can to meet that

deadline,” she said.

The new ice surface will mirror the existing pad, with

dressing rooms, washrooms and seating for 250.

In a speech steeped with praise for the federal Conservatives,

Mr. Baird said the current government is doing more than its predecessors to

support municipalities in difficult economic times.

“In the last downturn the federal government cut back

funding for municipalities,” Mr. Baid said. He also accused previous

governments of shortchanging Ontario’s infrastructure needs.

“We are the first government in generations to come forward

with a fair deal for Ontario,” Mr. Baird said.

MPP Ted McMeekin also praised the provincial Liberals’ plan

to invest $32.5 billion in infrastructure grants over two years, which is

expected to create 300,000 jobs.

“This particular investment will give Ancaster the arena

that will serve young skaters now and for years to come,” said  Mr. McMeekin.

Representatives from the Ancaster Skating Club, Ancaster

Minor Hockey and Ancaster Girls Hockey were also on hand for the announcement.

Ancaster Minor Hockey League president Dean Morrow said he’s

thrilled to hear about the new expansion. The AMHL had no prior knowledge of

the announcement. The league has experienced steady growth in recent years

which has forced organizers to book ice time at several arenas outside

Ancaster.

When plans for a twin ice surface were first announced three

years ago, city officials also began examining the potential closure of Spring

Valley Arena.

“I will definitely fight to keep Spring Valley open,” said

Mr. Morrow.

Ms. Lapointe-Kay said the city will conduct a feasibility

study to determine the future use of 

Spring Valley, Ancaster’s original public arena.

“That’s a totally separate issue,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I

would rather focus on the good news here today.”

Built in 1992, Morgan Firestone Arena was named for benefactor

Morgan Firestone who contributed $500,000 to the Town of Ancaster in 1994. The

funds were used as part of a $3.6 million expansion for the complex now known

as the Ancaster Rotary Centre.