The Mayor of Fernie says efforts to reopen the Memorial Arena will continue without money from a national contest.
Fernie was not one of the four finalists announced Saturday in the Kraft Hockeyville competition.
The contest awards $250,000 in arena upgrades to the community recognized as “Hockeyville.”
Mary Giuliano says she’s disappointed her city didn’t make the cut.
“We worked really hard, we put a lot of effort into it ,” Giuliano says. “And I’m told that we had more submissions than all four communities combined that were chosen.”
While saddened by the results, Giuliano praises residents for their efforts.
“It brought our community together, it gave us something to focus on besides the sadness we had been feeling from the tragedy,” Giuliano says. “It really still was well worth it and I’m so proud of my community for the way they came together.”
The Memorial Arena has been closed since October’s fatal ammonia leak that claimed the lives of three people.
Giuliano says they hope to re-open the arena in time for the 2018-19 hockey season.
She is encouraging the East Kootenay to vote for High River, Alberta or Lafleche, Saskatchewan in the final Hockeyville vote March 30th.
– Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano