The arena at the Golden & District Recreation Centre is officially back in action following mechanical problems with the ammonia in the arena's ice chiller unit.
While only low levels of ammonia were detected in the brine coolant system, the facility was closed on November 25, 2019 to ensure the safety of workers and the general public.
The CSRD is the owner of the building, which is operated under a contract agreement with the Town of Golden.
Working together, the CSRD and Town staff found a temporary rental chiller. This allowed for the ice to be reinstalled in January and ready for skaters to complete their sport seasons. It will cost approximately $80,000 to rent the chiller, however, this is offset by the $70,000 to $80,000 in operational revenue that would be lost without an ice surface.
the CSRD Board also authorized the purchase of a new permanent ice chiller for the facility. The replacement chiller unit for the facility will likely be installed in the off-season.
With the temporary rental chiller in place, Golden's arena staff have been working hard to get the ice ready to re-open the Golden & District Recreation Centre.
Did you know it takes at least seven days to put the ice in the arena?
Over the course of seven days and over 60 hours of work, Town of Golden staff flooded the ice more than 20 times by hand, spent two days painting the ice white and putting in the lines, and spent a half day putting in the advertisements with the help of the Golden Rockets Junior B team and volunteers.
Check out the time lapse video below to find out how the ice is made and see just some of the work that goes into it.
The community is celebrating the re-opening of the arena tonight, Friday, January 10, as the Golden Rockets come back to home ice, or with one of our regular scheduled arena activities kicking off over the weekend.
The Town of Golden and Columbia Shuswap Regional District thank the community for their patience as we worked to get the arena back up and running. Find background information on the closure here.