Sedgewick council forced to close arena

Town of Sedgewick council has approved the temporary closure of the arena at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre due to excessive corrosion of the roof’s purlins.

Purlins refer to roof framing members that span parallel to the building eaves and support the roof.

The Town recently engaged the services of an engineering firm to conduct tests after a noticeable amount of rust was identified on some of the purlins.

The report showed the centre purlins having a 25 per cent reduction in strength as well as a recommendation from a structural engineering advising to immediately close the facility.

Council is engaging all avenues to mitigate the issue as safely and quickly as possible.

“As it is council’s number one priority to secure the safety and well-being of our citizens,” said Mayor Perry Robinson, “we are left with no other choices in the end.”

Programming at the arena will be moved to neighbouring facilities in the interim.

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