Arena Development in Chatham-Kent

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The 2010 Parks and Recreation Master Plan recommended the development of a new 2,200-seat twin pad arena that will replace Memorial Arena and William K. Erickson Arena in the Community of Chatham. Facility design parameters would allow seating to be increased to accommodate 4,000 to 6,000 visitors for a future primary tenant or to meet demand for larger events. If outdoor sport fields are to be incorporated at the arena site, the Plan recommended a total parcel size of 45-50 acres.

On June 22, 2015, a motion failed recommending Council not pursue an arena size suitable for an Ontario Hockey League team.

On January 28, 2016, Council approved minimal upgrades only to Memorial Arena, based on findings from the International Coliseums Company.

On January, 29, 2018, administration informed Council of the updated capital and operating costs of twin pad arenas and stated administration will return to Council within the next few months with a recommendation on a twin pad arena size.

On January 29, 2018, administration also informed Council of future lifecycle expenditures expected at all Chatham-Kent arenas. The report concluded that arena closures would not be recommended unless the demand for a facility declines to the point where it is unsustainable to operate, or major repairs are required. At that point, staff will bring a report to Council to recommend either repurposing the facility or closure.

Information from this survey will be used by administration in upcoming reports to Council.

The 2010 Parks and Recreation Master Plan recommended the development of a new 2,200-seat twin pad arena that will replace Memorial Arena and William K. Erickson Arena in the Community of Chatham. Facility design parameters would allow seating to be increased to accommodate 4,000 to 6,000 visitors for a future primary tenant or to meet demand for larger events. If outdoor sport fields are to be incorporated at the arena site, the Plan recommended a total parcel size of 45-50 acres.

On June 22, 2015, a motion failed recommending Council not pursue an arena size suitable for an Ontario Hockey League team.

On January 28, 2016, Council approved minimal upgrades only to Memorial Arena, based on findings from the International Coliseums Company.

On January, 29, 2018, administration informed Council of the updated capital and operating costs of twin pad arenas and stated administration will return to Council within the next few months with a recommendation on a twin pad arena size.

On January 29, 2018, administration also informed Council of future lifecycle expenditures expected at all Chatham-Kent arenas. The report concluded that arena closures would not be recommended unless the demand for a facility declines to the point where it is unsustainable to operate, or major repairs are required. At that point, staff will bring a report to Council to recommend either repurposing the facility or closure.

Information from this survey will be used by administration in upcoming reports to Council.

  • The purpose of the following survey is to provide resident input on a proposed arena development in Chatham that would replace or re-purpose Memorial and Erickson Arenas.

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