Arena proposal inadequate
To the Editor,
After attending the open house information meeting in Minden on Dec. 17, I am a very frustrated taxpayer. This was the first official outline of the new community centre I have had the opportunity to see first hand. I was advised the decision was made to make the multi-purpose gym smaller to help pay for a larger 200-foot ice surface. I have been playing seniors hockey for years and never knew the old 185-foot surface was so inadequate. I’m sure most of the under 12-year-old hockey players did not know either. My point is if the larger ice surface is best, fine. But why should the most important room in the facility to me, be downsized?
This room could be used for basketball, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey and many other uses by all age groups if in its original larger size. Fenelon Falls community room even has an easy-to-assemble stage. When involved as a convenor in past Senior Games, a lack of proper facilities was a major problem in our area. We all know how beneficial large events like this can be to our communities. Instead now the room is down to three pickleball/badminton courts. If our mayor saw the number of pickleball players trying to participate in Minden he would know a three- court facility would be inadequate even before completion.
Having been involved in several clubs trying to utilize local school gymnasiums I know first hand how frustrating and unsuccessful this can be further emphasizing the need for this type of facility.
This last minute change was done to keep the present estimated cost of the project under an arbitrary number of $12 million. We all know the final cost will be higher despite promises. Now as a member of the largest and fastest growing demographic group (seniors), a taxpayer in Minden for over 30 years, I will not get a facility that will be great for the future. Please don’t build me an inadequate, limited use facility and then force me to pay for it.