Ontario backs construction of new $25M twin-pad arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
A project to replace a single-pad ice rink in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. with a twin-pad arena is going ahead following an $18 million funding commitment from the province.
The Ontario government announced the support for the project May 31, noting the work will add to seating capacity at the existing McMeeken Arena, in addition to adding the second ice surface.
Ross Romano, the province’s minister of Colleges and Universities, as well as MPP for Sault Ste. Marie., said the project is one of several big infrastructure jobs set to get underway in the Northern Ontario city.
“It is encouraging that we will have multiple major infrastructure projects being built in Sault Ste. Marie over the next year, he said in a release. “With a new $25 million twin-pad arena in the west end of the city and a new $18 million Indigenous Cultural Centre in the east end of the city, and even more exciting news on the way with the construction of our community-based addictions services centre offering residential withdrawal management services.”
Replacing the McMeeken Arena is expected to cost a total of $25 million, with the province picking up the majority of the tab.