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Council approves funds for arena makeovers

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City council has voted to approve a plan to help build new sheets of ice at East End Community Centre and Garden City Community Centre.

This morning, city council unanimously approved a plan which will see the city and province each contribute one-third of the $17-million cost to build a multiplex facility at Garden City Community Centre on Kingsbury Avenue and one-third toward a $9-million renovation and expansion of East End Arena on Pandora Avenue East.

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In both cases, the remaining one-third of the cost will be paid for by the community centres, which will operate the facilities.

When the new facilities are ready, the city will decommission Roland Michener, Vimy and Old Exhibition arenas.

Winnipeg has 39 sheets of ice, including 15 sheets in city-owned and operated arenas.

Previous city reports have estimated it would cost the city $51 million to maintain the facilities in their current state and $80 million to improve them. The bulk of the city's arenas are more than 40 years old and in such rough shape they are nearing a "crisis" state, a 2010 report said.

 

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