Kootenay-Columbia’s MP thinks an ice rink on Parliament Hill could be put to better use in the East Kootenay.
Wayne Stetski believes the equipment and resources used for the $5.6 million Canada 150 rink should be given to Fernie when the season is over.
“$5.6 million for this rink in Ottawa is quite frankly, very controversial,” Stetski says. “It is about 500 metres from the City of Ottawa’s outdoor rink that they put out every year and its about 300 metres from the Rideau Canal, which is probably the longest skating rink in the world.”
He feels the money invested in the amenity in Ottawa has gone to waste.
“To build that rink with Canada 150 money created a little controversy,” Stetski says. “I think there’s potential for the Liberal government to gain back a little respect by, in my view, doing the right thing and sending it to Fernie.”
Stetski says an ice plant would be a huge boost if the Elk Valley community keeps their outdoor rink as an annual attraction.
Fernie opened their outdoor rink December 21st after volunteers donated over $225,000 in supplies and labour costs.
The NHL-sized ice surface was donated by the Calgary Flames Foundation after the tragedy at the local arena in October.
It comes with player benches, time keeper and penalty boxes, change rooms and heated Zamboni storage.
(Photo from Ottawa Tourism.)
– Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski