Claude Parish Arena Opening Delayed Until December

John Crawford

The opening of the Claude Parish Memorial Arena's ice surface in Houston has been pushed back a couple of months.

The arrival of parts required for the new ice-making plant has been delayed, according to a news release posted on the District of Houston's Facebook page, meaning minor hockey teams and figure skaters will have to wait until at least December 4th to hit the local ice surface.

[PHOTO:   District of Houston / Facebook June 2019]

District officials said the old refrigeration plant was operating well beyond its lifespan, and mayor Shane Brienen said replacing it was critical to ensuring the arena's safety, for both staff and the public.

A deadly ammonia leak at the Fernie Arena in 2017 resulted in refrigeration units across the province being inspected, and Houston decided to replace the one at Claude Parish Memorial Arena.

In May, it awarded a contract, worth 815-thousand dollars, to Dev-Con Industrial Services, operating under the name "Yeti Refrigeration".

Brienen says the new unit will not only be safer, but will also reduce costs and the district's carbon footprint.

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