The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is host a public meeting tonight (Wednesday, August 8) to review the schematic drawings and receive input from the public regarding the proposed renovations to the Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena, located at 600 Wall St. in Wallaceburg.

Jane McGee, supervisor of recreation facilities in Wallaceburg, said in a comment on the Sydenham Current Facebook Page that the meeting location will be in the lower lobby of the arena, as opposed to the upstairs boardroom.

McGee told the Sydenham Current in November last year the improvements would be a big boost for the building.

“Let’s face it, when you bring people from out of town into your building and you’re continually showing that you are investing in the building and you’re making upgrades and you’re keeping up with the demand and requirements of the building, people see that and they think ‘wow, progressive community, that’s nice to see.’”

Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley told the Sydenham Current back in January he’s thrilled the project is moving forward.

“Great news for Wallaceburg,” Wesley said.

“The arena will get new dressing rooms, larger canteen area, new entrance and lobby… in essence very much like a new arena. Overdue but very welcome.”

Wesley added: “Great team effort with myself, Counc. (Carmen) McGregor and Mayor Hope working together to get council support. A great project that will benefit minor hockey, figure skating… the Lakers and lacrosse.”

Here is some more background information: $2M renovation project approved for Wallaceburg Arena