The City of Kenora is working with the Central Community Club on a new warm-up shack for the outdoor rink.
"The city continues in its support of the Central Community Club rink," says community services manager Stace Gander. "It's our understanding through our discussions, the club has to wait until the frost comes out of the ground, before the club can continue its efforts."
Gander joined the city as its new community services manager in charge of recreation last month.
Tim Gosnell from the Central Community Club has been trying to work with the city and its regulations for more than seven years, in an effort to rebuild the warm-up shack. The old one was finally torn down last summer.
As of last summer, Kenora Kinsmen had donated $10,000, and volunteers had raised $10,000 through their own efforts. The city has allocated $100,000 from reserves for the construction of a new Central Community Club.
However, a preliminary estimate for the project -- which met regulations -- was set at more than $300,000. In 2016, architect's drawings were complete and permits had been granted, but financing was still being arranged with input from city staff and council, along with in-kind donations from local contractors and suppliers.
Since then, the community club has been trying to work with the city and its supporters on a scaled-down version of their plans, which would still meet requirements. However, talks have been slow, as Gander is the fourth person in the manager's position over the last two years.
The outdoor rinks at the community clubs predated the rec centre, which was built in 1967, and alumni from Central include Hockey Hall of Fame member Neil Strain and Islanders draft pick Mike Neill.
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