(Sydenham Current)

Municipality of Chatham-Kent officials say problems with the installation of a rubberized floor have pushed back the opening of the newly renovated Wallaceburg Memorial Arena until September 20.

Pre-season use of the arena was due to begin September 3 with the opening of the regular season originally set for September 16.

“We have been informed by the sub contractor responsible for the rubberized floor that delivery of the material will be delayed,” stated Jane McGee, recreation facilities supervisor, in a media release.

“The project was proceeding on schedule but without the flooring, we can’t use the arena.”

Municipal officials say within a week of learning the rubber flooring was delayed, staff had a meeting with user groups to explain the situation and provide solutions in the interim.

The delay had nothing to do with the April fire at the facility. Details about the fire can be read, here. http://sydenhamcurrent.ca/2019/04/27/fire-at-wallaceburg-memorial-arena/

The new flooring, which eliminates contact between skates and concrete, was part of a $1.8 million renovation and addition that included three new dressing rooms and a referees’ room, municipal officials say.

The Wallaceburg Minor Hockey Association (WMHA), Wallaceburg Figure Skating Club and Wallaceburg Thunderhawks Junior ‘C’ team are among the main users of the arena.

The Thunderhawks regular season opening game Saturday, September 21 is expected to proceed as scheduled.

Staff are working with user groups to ensure they can find required ice time in neighbouring municipal arenas.