The City of Cranbrook warns it could take months to replace the broken chiller at the Memorial Arena.
This from Facility Operations Manager Stacy Paulsen after the chiller used for the ice-making process at the arena broke down Thursday.
He says they are approaching refrigeration companies to find the equipment needed in a timely fashion.
“Typically, you are looking at 10-12 weeks if you are going directly to the manufacturer,” Paulsen says. “Talking to a few places out there and there is hope that there might be a few refrigeration companies out there that keep one or two around in case of emergencies for immediate replacement.”
Paulsen says there is definitely going to be some delays on programming at the Memorial Arena.
Both the Kimberley-Cranbrook 55+ BC Games and Cranbrook Minor Hockey were scheduled to use the facility next month.
“We know that the Senior Games coming up and Minor Hockey and a lot of the groups are gearing up to get their seasons underway,” Paulsen says. “We realize that, so we’ve already started to talk to other user groups and making arrangements to accommodate these groups as much as possible, get Minor Hockey going.”
The Memorial Arena’s chiller was scheduled to be replaced in 2019.
– City of Cranbrook Facility Operations Manager Stacy Paulsen