The New and the Old
Our Youth Arena has been standing strong for over 40
years now, supported by the work that volunteers performed at the
beginning of the 1970’s to make it a reality. Time plays an ever present
role in wearing out parts and breaking down natural materials, and the
time had come for an ambitious helping hand at the arena.
The outdated ice making equipment that was lovingly
kept running with hard work, elbow grease and a prayer or two, has been
replaced with brand new equipment in a refurbished space. In the past two
years, the arena has seen the addition of a new header, new chiller, two
new compressors, new brine pump, new heat reclamation tank, and all the
required associated sensors, valves and piping. This replacement project
has been extensive and expensive, but was absolutely necessary to the
arena’s continuation of life.
Extending the arena’s life has taken many hours of
volunteer work and a great deal of money to make it happen. This part of
our rejuvenation would not have been possible without the support of the
Youth Arena directors, the citizens of Lawrencetown and Area, the CBC-Kraft
Hockeyville organization, the Municipality of Annapolis County, the Nova
Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Ice Rink Energy Program, the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and every helping hand that has been
offered along the path to where we are.
Our thanks to everyone for how far we have come are
genuine and heartfelt. It is without doubt one of the shining examples
of how working together in rural Canada makes amazing things happen. But,
we are not finished….!
With the ability to make ice reliably and as
efficiently as possible, we must turn our attention to the building
structure. The wear and tear of years on the building has taken its toll
and we must revitalize its underpinnings to preserve it. The under-floor
drainage will be refurbished and upgraded, and the posts will be supported
with underpinnings of steel bracket and concrete ‘feet’. With an improved
ability to continuously drain water from under the floor the building will
no longer be so strongly affected by frost heaves, and the reconstructed
support for the posts will ensure their longevity far into the future.
The crew has been busy since we closed for the season
on March 31st! Every attempt was made to remove the ice as
quickly as possible so work could begin. As you can see from the photos,
the ice is gone, some walls are gone, asphalt has been removed and the
digging of the drainage ditches has begun in earnest.
to the arena this year are the Pipe Rollers.
With portions of the floor to be removed, the distribution pipes could not
stay in their usual corners for the summer season. Butch built 18 Rollers
and the pipes were carefully rolled and strapped in position. You’d want
more than one person to move these around!
won’t see the
familiar summer face of the canteen anymore! The
equipment has been tucked away in the cooking
area behind the interior wall and the counters have disappeared. Before
Exhibition 2013, we’ll see a new face to the canteen, but before then
there is much to do!
Along the side walls you’ll
see the forms for the upcoming new ‘feet’ of the posts,
ready to be put together for the first set of post feet.
The flooring has been lifted
by dressing room #1, where you can see the
header pipe that runs under that floor, and we’ve said goodbye to the old
steel wall that bordered that hallway!
While the pipes are tucked
away, the brine from the distribution pipes has been stored in tanks in
the zamboni room – 1000 litres a tank!
A 12 foot section of asphalt
has been cut away so there is room to dig down
and work on the new post feet. The arena roof is supported by 49 wooden
posts and they will all receive a ‘footlift’!
The posts at the west end of
the arena are hidden inside the walls, but they
will receive new feet as well!
The excavator has been busy,
filling the dump truck for hauling away. The engineer has been in to
review what lies beneath the asphalt and we are moving ahead to dig,
refurbish and drain.
Watch all the happenings here! There is much to do and
much to have back together again before the Annapolis Valley Exhibition
begins on August 12th!!