Arena construction resumes
By Chad Ingram
After being put on pause for a month following restrictions from the provincial government amid the COVID-19 outbreak, construction on Minden Hills’ arena project resumed last week.
“Individuals wishing to access the rear of the facility are asked to be mindful of this increased activity, and to take extra care and precautions when walking or driving in this area,” reads a release from the Township of Minden Hills.
The provincial government has been easing restrictions on what types of construction projects are permitted during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and this week allowed more businesses to begin operating by curbside pickup, and also reopened provincial parks and conservation reserves for some day uses.
The original construction schedule for the project – which includes a new arena with six change rooms, office space for community services staff, and gymnasium with elevated walking track – was to see it completed for the end of the summer, before the 2020/21 ice season. However, projections prior to the COVID-19 crisis had been that the facility would be completed in June. With a price tag of nearly $13 million, it is the largest capital project in the township’s history.