Northern Trust Makes $125,000 Contribution to Arena Project in the Hazeltons

John Crawford

As preparations continue for next month's planned opening of the long-awaited new arena complex in Hazelton, another funding contribution for the project has been announced.

The Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved $125,000 for the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District to equip the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre with bench seating, bleachers, floor covering, fitness mats and meeting room equipment.

Earlier this year, the provincial government provide a half-million dollar contribution from its Rural Dividend Fund, for the purchase and installation of a gymnasium floor and fitness equipment.

The centre, which has been under construction since the fall of 2017, is scheduled to open on Saturday, September 14th.


In addition to an NHL-sized ice rink, the recreation centre will also include a multi-purpose gymnasium, a fitness centre and meeting rooms.

The Hazeltons have been without an indoor ice surface since the Ken Trombley Arena was condemned in March of 2015 and later demolished.

Funding has also come from the federal government, the village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton and from the Gitxsan elected and hereditary chiefs.

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