Groundbreaking ceremony for new Paradise arena

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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.

Organizations: EllisDon, NHL

Geographic location: Paradise, Paradise.The

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Recent comments

  • Joe
    May 02, 2013 - 08:58

    Can't wait to see it. Rumor has it, the name will be TWIN RINKS 2. Note the sarcasm.

  • Resident of Paradise
    May 02, 2013 - 07:43

    This is great news for the Town of Paradise. As a resident, with a young family, I am delighted to finally see some infrastructure to support the health and wellness of its people.....Hopefully with continued growth in the town and additional funding we will see the necessary ammenities to properly support a young population. A Fire Department is in the works....keep it coming!!!

  • Darryl
    May 02, 2013 - 02:42

    I'm to the point now where I can't even read the comments on these articles anymore. People will complain about ANYTHING. No matter what kind of good news the Telegram delivers somebody will always get on here complaining about it.

  • Phil
    May 01, 2013 - 15:31

    I live in Paradise and I would have rather seen the money go towards a Fire Dept over a double ice rink! If we had to put something like this in Paradise, why did it have to be two rinks? Why couldn't it have had a pool? Maybe the priorities are focused elsewhere.

  • Tony Rockel
    May 01, 2013 - 14:35

    The self-congratulating puffery of the PC hierarchy is totally nauseating. They'd be making speeches like this if they were opening a lemon aid stand. Please pass me the Gravol.

  • Naysayer
    May 01, 2013 - 13:31

    Nice to know the people in Paradise can play hockey while others have to look for a job, or boil their water, or travel 2 hours to school etc etc. I think govt has lost sight of what is important.

  • Victor
    May 01, 2013 - 13:17

    Obviously Robb, you don't work with government or are you a political appointment? There are alot of families struggling to find jobs and keep a roof over their heads because of the cuts. I'm sure they're not too concerned about an arena at this point in time. Maybe you're just one of those "rink rats" with nothing else to do!

  • RObb
    May 01, 2013 - 12:28

    Now, where are all the naysayers.........I can't wait to see all the comments like, oh they can put money into this, but they lay off some public sector workers......anything good like this infrastructure has to be turned into something bad by the ndp and liberals....there is no way that they could mutter the words, hey good job govt......but, small minds can never see the big picture.