Hazelton Arena Funding

Kathy Brookes
04/15/2019

It may be the final funding needed to finish the Hazelton area's long-awaited new arena.

Forests and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson has announced a $500,000 contribution from the B.C. government's Rural Dividend Program. 

With the money in hand, Kitimat-Stikine Regional District Chair Phil Germuth says the Upper Skeena Rec Centre can focus on hiring staff and buying and installing a gymnasium floor and fitness equipment.

The Upper Skeena Rec Centre project has cost more than $16-million -- receiving funding from numerous sources -- and involving a partnership among the Rergional District, Village of Hazelton, District of New Hazelton, Gitxsan Government Commission, Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs and the Skeena Ice Arena Association.

The Hazeltons have been without an indoor ice surface since 2015, when the half-century-old Ken Trombley Memorial Arena was condemned and then demolished.  

Construction began in 2017.

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