A six-figure boost from the federal government will ensure continued operation of the Clive arena for many years to come.
Unlike similar facilities one would find in towns across western Canada, the arena in Clive is not owned by a governmental body. It’s this lack of tax funding that keeps the Clive Athletic and Agricultural Society working hard throughout the year to keep this vital community asset operating.
It was certainly welcome news that the society’s application for a Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund grant was approved on Thursday, January 17.
The $193,209 matching grant, according to Clive Athletic and Agricultural Society board member Lori Oatway, will be put towards an extensive series of renovations aimed at modernizing the aging structure.
“It is our primary recreational facility,” Oatway said. “If we can keep this facility going, it’s a major win for Clive.”
Of primary concern was the state of the arena’s ice plant. Because of the discontinuation of the refrigerant used in the arena, replacement of the machinery was required. A wheelchair lift is also in the works, which will make the concession stands, heated viewing areas and washrooms accessible to all in the community.
Other projects planned for the facility include new boards and glass, upgrades to the arena’s heating system and insulation, plumbing and electrical system and an expanded work area for the ice resurfacer.
According to Oatway, these will be the first renovations performed to the arena in over two decades.
Having already completed the replacement of the ice plant, replacement of the rink’s boards and glass will happen once the ice is removed in the spring. Work will continue over the summer with most of the major projects expected to be completed by this coming October.