Morgan Firestone Arena gets twin pad

News Oct 02, 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 last Friday 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. Baird 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. The surrounding park lands were recently renamed for former mayor Bob Wade.

Morgan Firestone Arena gets twin pad

News Oct 02, 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 last Friday 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. Baird 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. The surrounding park lands were recently renamed for former mayor Bob Wade.

Morgan Firestone Arena gets twin pad

News Oct 02, 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 last Friday 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. Baird 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. The surrounding park lands were recently renamed for former mayor Bob Wade.