Enerplex to add bleachers


Photo: The first floor of the Enerplex will get some bleachers, after the City received a $22,000 grant – File photo

A recently announced $22,000 grant will add extra bleachers to the Enerplex in Fort St. John.

City Manager Dianne Hunter made the announcement at the regular City Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

But, Director of Facilities & Protective Services Jim Rogers says it’s unknown how many bleachers will be purchased, because the City wants some of that money to go to increased accessibility.

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The funding is through a ‘Rink Grant’ from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Meanwhile, during the routine Enerplex update, Rogers said a compliance team from Vancouver will be visiting the facility on Tuesday. The team will inspect the building and make sure the City is getting its money’s worth. Although paving is set for sometime next year, Rogers says the front parking lot is nearing completion.

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Rogers says the padding of the oval is in production, and the first of six padding shipments begin next week.

The City announced last month that the official grand opening of the facility will be postponed until September of 2010. City Manager Dianne Hunter says, so far, the plan to phase-in the opening of sections in the Enerplex has been successful.

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So far, only the first floor is open to the public.