Everything from adding tennis courts, gymnasiums and more sheets of ice are being discussed at an open house Wednesday and Thursday, as the city decides what to do with Northlands Coliseum.
Roger Jevne, the branch manager of community and recreation facilities, said that it’s not necessarily going to be the six ice sheet plan announced earlier.
“People are getting excited about the opportunity to really think through what they might like to see,” Jevne said. “We think ice will be a big part of the facility. But by no means is (sticking with the six sheets) the only option.”
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Jevne said that so far he’s hearing that people would be open to seeing a bump in their taxes to renovate the facility.
“The nation of providing facilities to help people be healthy, be active and connect with their neighbours, taxpayers have been supportive of those types of investments in Edmonton.
Jevne also said that mostly what he’s hearing is that people just want to see something done.
“I think the direction from council was pretty clear,” Jevne said. “When Northlands 20/20 came, the notion of tearing down the Coliseum was contemplated. There was really strong direction from city council, we did want to repurpose it into some sort of amateur sports centre. Tearing it down and leaving a hole in the neighbourhood wasn’t something we wanted to do.”
The open house is being held at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre., between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
If you can’t make it out, there is an online survey available until December 1st. (km)