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Public Criticism Of Bayfield Arena Plan

Bayfield | by Peter Jackson  

Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel explains why the ice is being permanently removed from the facility

The Mayor of Bluewater is looking to clear up misconceptions about the future of Bayfield Arena.

Last year, Council voted to pull the ice from the facility permanently, at the end of the season in April.

Since the decision was made, there has been opposition from some area residents.

Tyler Hessel repeats that the population of Bayfield is getting older, with many residents now aged between 55 and 70, and that there are 140 children in the community.

In the face of those numbers, Hessel says decisions have to be made concerning the cost-effectiveness of keeping the Bayfield Arena as an ice facility in the winter.

He says the reason the BCH hockey program exists, is to draw together children from Bayfield, Clinton and Hensall to create a viable hockey league.

Hessel says Bayfield Arena along with facilities in Hensall and Zurich are part of Bluewater's infrastructure, in the same way that roads and bridges are.

He mentions that Bluewater Council will discuss hiring a consultant to craft a report on the future of recreation in Bayfield and the surrounding area.

Hessel hopes Council can finalize terms of reference at their next meeting.


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