The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is praising local businesses for their help bringing an NHL-sized out door rink to the community.
It’s was revealed this month over 50 businesses donated funds or supplies to make the 200 x 85 foot structure a reality.
Chamber Executive Director Patty Vadnais says it’s an incredible showing of generosity but she isn’t surprised.
She suggests business owners in Fernie are used to stepping up, and in this case help the community heal.
The rink was donated to Fernie by the Calgary Flames Foundation after the tragedy at Memorial arena in October that killed three men.
The facility remains closed and has displaced several local teams and programs.
It’s estimated more than a quarter of a million dollars was contributed by community members to assist in the construction of the elaborate ice pad.
Vadnais agrees its symbolic when local business leaders get behind a local cause, but points out it’s really one in the same.
She explains a lot of local business owners are residents too, so just as they ask the public to support local businesses – local business is there when they community needs it.
– Fernie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patty Vadnais
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Hopkins)