Paradise plans to have a new arena by next spring

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Plans are in the works for an $11 million arena for the Paradise, and Jason Collins of the town's arena committee says the project will be completed by March 31, 2011.

"The current supply and demand conditions of ice facilities in St. John's metro area support the addition of at least another facility within the region," says Collins, the town's manager of recreation.

Plans are in the works for an $11 million arena for the Paradise, and Jason Collins of the town's arena committee says the project will be completed by March 31, 2011.

"The current supply and demand conditions of ice facilities in St. John's metro area support the addition of at least another facility within the region," says Collins, the town's manager of recreation.

Paradise is the fastest-growing community in the province, and Collins says nearly 2,200 of the town's over 15,000 residents are nine years old and under.

"It has the youngest population in the province and, unlike neighbouring municipalities, (Paradise) has a population that is steadily increasing in this segment and there is no ice surface within a reasonable commute that has ice time available for hire when required," he said.

The proposed building dimensions will be about 300 by 140 feet and the facility would have a seating capacity of approximately 850, with additional room for about 300 standing-room patrons. Land has already been identified near the towns' community complex and grading is near completion.

The town is prepared to cost-share the facility and partner with business and other levels of government for the project.

"We feel that by forging ahead and having done much of the preliminary work, we are one of the few municipalities that are in the enviable position to be able to see this type of project completed in a limited time frame," said Collins.

"Also, with the development of our business park, we see this as an opportunity to host conferences, trade shows and concerts in the future."

Collins said the town is prepared to commit to this project equally with the provincial and federal governments.

"It may also be able to contribute up to 50 per cent of the project if it is unable to secure one of the proposed partners. However, with many infrastructure needs, a one-third cost sharing formula is preferred."

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Corrinea
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Fantastic news for the fastest-growing community in the province.

  • J from
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Great an $11 million arena is definatly more important then a faster response time for fires, I cannot see any reason a town the size of Paradise would want their own fire department. Maybe they can melt the ice and throw it on the fires while they wait for St. John's to show up.

    I guess the residents would rather have their own ice and not share with St. John's then be able to save their homes in case of fire.

  • Corrinea
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Fantastic news for the fastest-growing community in the province.

  • J from
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Great an $11 million arena is definatly more important then a faster response time for fires, I cannot see any reason a town the size of Paradise would want their own fire department. Maybe they can melt the ice and throw it on the fires while they wait for St. John's to show up.

    I guess the residents would rather have their own ice and not share with St. John's then be able to save their homes in case of fire.