Things are progressing well as 90% of the floor has been removed and the construction team has been working on the insulation removal this week. Demo of the rooms and the new plumbing has been installed in the ground and the inspection passed yesterday so they can now begin the concrete work getting the floors back in. The new changerooms have been excavated and the footings poured. The walls are being constructed and ready for pour hopefully by next week. The new sand base for the refrigerated concrete floor should begin next week and the build up on the old floor to the new will be approximately an additional 2-3 inches higher and will eliminate the large lip at the end of the rink exit area.
This is the first update on the exciting renovation project at the Newcastle Memorial Arena. The project is moving into its second week and has shown tremendous demo work completed in a very short period of time. The pictures give a little idea of the demo area in progress and the look of the facility as of today.
The timelines are moving along as planned and security fencing has been installed around the property, the board systems have been designed, ordered and colour selection sent to the manufacturer. The refrigeration room has had all brine and ammonia removed from the system and is now ready for complete demolition of the room this week.
Clarington, Ontario – The Municipality of Clarington is proud to announce a much-needed upgrade to the Newcastle Memorial Arena beginning this April.
The Newcastle Memorial Arena, at 103 Caroline Street West, was built in 1976. It has a seasonal single-sheet ice rink and out-of-season community floor space. The arena is owned by the Municipality and operated by the volunteer Newcastle Memorial Arena Management Board. Clarington is undertaking a complete renovation of the community rink this year.
“This is the first major renovation for this facility. It’s basically going to be a brand-new ice surface and perimeter boards,” said Ken Ferguson, Clarington’s Manager of Facility Services.
The $4-million renovation project includes:
“We’re upgrading the rink, but we’re not changing who we are. We’re still maintaining that small community rink, keeping the local ambiance and character of the facility while bringing it up to date. It’s very exciting,” said Dave Bouma, Chair of the Newcastle Memorial Arena Management Board.
The renovation will help the rink serve a growing community. The modern refrigeration system and rink upgrades will add 10 to 15 years or more to the operational lifespan of the Newcastle arena.
This extensive renovation project will begin on April 1, 2023. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Newcastle Memorial Arena will be closed while the work is underway.
“We’re extremely grateful to Clarington for the significant investment in the Newcastle arena. This will ensure that residents have a viable arena for years to come. We’re asking the public for patience. It is a major project,” said Mr. Bouma.
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