Thanks to 25 thousand dollars in bridge financing from Brockton, Walkerton’s second ice pad at the Horse Palace will receive some much need TLC.
The 25 thousand dollar loan is Council’s contribution to the 200 thousand dollars worth of equipment upgrades that are going into the Horse Palace.
The Horse Palace also known as the Agriculture Building houses a second ice pad for Walkerton.
This non municipally owned ice pad is run by volunteers and is used to alleviate the pressure for ice time placed on the Walkerton’s Arena.
The 200 thousand dollars in upgrades will be carried out in two phases.
Phase I will be complete by Fall and involves purchasing and installing a new ice compressor for the ice pad.
The current ice compressor is 17 years old and is constantly breaking down and requiring maintenance.
Spokesperson Nigel Hope says thanks to some community grant dollars and Twice the Ice reserve funds they have 75 thousand of the 100 thousand dollars needed for the ice compressor.
He says Brockton’s 25 thousand dollar loan will allow them to purchase the new ice compressor now and have it in place in time for ice season.
Phase II will be rolled out in 2018, it involves raising another 100 thousand dollars to replace 26 miles worth of cooling lines beneath the ice surface.
Hope is confident that the community will rally behind this project to help ensure Walkerton’s second ice pad remains around for the long term.
Mayor David Inglis calls it a worthy project and says Brockton is happy to provide the bridge financing to help get Phase I underway.
He calls the loan a good use of taxpayer dollars as it will help keep Walkerton's second ice pad up and running.