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Enjoy free family skate at Appleby Ice Centre on Aug. 14


For Immediate Release - August 13, 2009

Burlington, ON - Everyone is invited to enjoy a free hour-long skate at Appleby Ice Centre on Friday, Aug. 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the centre’s expansion.

Mayor Cam Jackson, Ward 5 Councillor Rick Goldring, and representatives from the city’s ice users group will be on hand for an official ceremony that starts at 2:30 p.m. The celebration will feature an ice show by the Nexxice Synchronized Skating teams. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available.

This project is the product of community partnership and funding from the federal and provincial governments. The Appleby ice users groups represent nine organizations that use City of Burlington ice for hockey, figure skating and ringette.

“Thanks to support at every level of government, and to committed community partners, the city was able to fund this important expansion that generates benefits for the entire city,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “Not only will this new facility improve ice user programming, it will also provide a centre of excellence for Burlington’s amazing figure skating programs.”

A recently announced joint federal and provincial investment of $2 million through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario (RInC Ontario) and Recreation Ontario (Ontario REC) will help defray construction costs. Additional funding is provided by the City of Burlington and the ice users’ group.

“As the councillor for Ward 5, I am excited that this project is now underway. This is a great example of how the community can come together to achieve a common goal. The ice users group has been extensively involved in this project and now we are starting to see the results of their dedication,” said Councillor Goldring.

The expansion will add about 66,000 square feet (6,132 square metres) of space and will include two 200 foot by 85 foot (61 by 26 metre) rinks with office reception, main lobby and concourse areas. Other amenities will include five change rooms for each ice pad, one referee’s room, and spectator seating. Sustainable design features help contribute to a LEED basic certified facility.

For more information about the project, contact Craig Stevens, Supervisor Project Management, at 905-335-7600 ext. 7471 or by e-mail at stevensc@burlington.ca.

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Media Contact:
Craig Stevens
Supervisor, Project Management
Tel. 905-335-7600 ext. 7471
E-mail stevensc@burlington.ca

Communications Contact:
Victoria Miecznikowski
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600 ext. 7835
E-mail miecznikowskiv@burlington.ca


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