A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new double-ice surface arena in the Town of Paradise.
The province is contributing $22 million to the facility will be built by EllisDon. The funding arrangement between the province and the town will be on a 70-30 per cent cost-shared basis.
“Our government continues to demonstrate that we know what is important to families, individuals and communities throughout the province. This new recreational facility in Paradise is just one more example of our commitment to making strategic, responsible investments in our towns and communities in order to provide effective programs and services to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Premier Kathy Dunderdale. “This facility will be a tremendous asset to the Town of Paradise and the Avalon region for years to come. It will provide residents and families in the area with much-needed additional space for recreation programs such as skating, hockey and other activities.”
The new facility will feature two NHL-size ice surfaces. One rink will include fixed and retractable seating for 1,100 spectators while the other will include fixed seating for 310. This will allow the arena complex to host a variety of ice and other sporting events, as well as trade shows and other meetings.
“I am pleased to be able to attend this important ceremony today which will mean so much for the Town of Paradise,” said Paul Davis, minister of transportation and works and MHA for Topsail. “This new facility will bring greater access to sports programs for the community and region, and will allow the town to host trade shows as well as youth and seniors organizations and business events which were not possible in the past.”
As part of the design process for the new arena, the design builder will be incorporating energy efficiency concepts under the leadership in energy and environmental design, also known as the LEED program.
LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a framework for the identification and implementation of practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
“This is a great day for the people of Paradise, as well as many of our recreational clubs and organizations,” said Mayor Ralph Wiseman. “We are so pleased about our partnership with the Provincial Government towards the development of this new double ice surface arena which will be a home to many local and regional sports activities long into the future.”
Funding for the new facility was provided under the 2011 provincial budget. The project is expected to be completed by September 2014.