Racquet sports, indoor climbing, and a new fitness centre are fast approaching for Burns Lake.
Construction at the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena multi-use facility expansion project is nearing completion, albeit a little off the projected schedule.
Late last year it looked like the facility upgrades might be completed sometime this month, but a revised completion schedule points towards completion sometime this February.
The expansion requires extensive tie-in of the new building into old structures – the arena itself and the attached curling rink facilities. Any renovation project, once you open up the walls and see what you’re dealing with, often brings with it a few surprises.
“There are always unknown factors when tying two buildings together and this project is no exception,” said Sheryl Worthing, VBL chief administrative officer. “Construction is going well though and we are excited about its completion.”
The February opening date isn’t determined yet, but it should bring with it a fully operational facility, with climbing wall, racquet-sport courts (convertible between squash and racquetball), and equipped fitness room all ready to go.
Extensive work was done to the curling rink structure as well, including installing a new sprinkler system that brings the fire suppression in the building to current standards, and a re-sheathed roof with new metal roofing.
The roofing on the curling rink is waiting for the completion of the new Spirit Square entrance, which is expected to be completed soon.