The hockey arena at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre in Sedgewick was officially re-opened to the public after Town Council passed a resolution to do so at a special meeting held on Wed. Jan. 29, 2020.
The rink was suddenly closed on Mon. Dec. 9 when information was brought to council showing a large amount of corrosion on the structure’s purlins which run in a north-south direction in the facility.
After bringing in three engineers to look at the issue, council decided on a solution that commenced on Jan. 7 and took less than three weeks to complete.
Forty-two galvanized purlins have been added to the roof structure reducing the purlin spacing from 5 feet to 2.5 feet which also brings the snow load capacity up to current standards.
A permanent fix of replacing the roof which is at the end of its life cycle and adding sufficient ventilation are being planned for a future off-season.
Thickness reviews of the purlins that were not reinforced will be ongoing.
With the facility resuming operations, the 6th Annual Bergie Tourney will proceed as scheduled beginning on February 1.