Necessary upgrades to refrigeration plant to cause temporary ice shutdown

(Fort McMurray, AB, July 12, 2013) – Important improvements to the refrigeration plant at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre will cause a temporary ice shutdown from August 24 through October 14 inclusive. The ice shutdown primarily affects CNRL Arena 2.

A leak in the ice chiller was uncovered during summer maintenance. Going forward, the only option is to completely replace the existing ice chiller as soon as possible in order to minimize impact to the community and sports organizations ahead of the 2013-2014 winter season.

“A complete overhaul and installation of a new, world-class ice chiller is the best solution in light of this development,” said Mike Bryson, Director of Facilities Management at MacDonald Island Park. “With another busy year ahead for hockey, curling, skating and ringette, among other users, the ice chiller simply can’t fail during the season. It’s best to take a long term approach and make the necessary improvements now.”

CIMCO Refrigeration has been contracted to dismantle the current ice chiller and construct and install a new ice chiller with a plan to have all ice facilities open to the community on October 15. Responsible for delivering the systems for all ice surfaces at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, CIMCO Refrigeration has worked with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, among other professional sports franchises and international food service companies.

Working in consultation with the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association, Noralta Skating Club, the Fort McMurray Ringette Association and Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club, MacDonald Island Park has connected with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to re-allocate scheduled ice bookings, while coordinating the 2013-2014 winter season to begin post-shutdown.

“This is the safest, smartest option and a proactive approach to facility maintenance,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “With new boards and glass and an upgraded refrigeration plant on the way, we’re excited for a great year ahead in lockstep with community sports organizations and the arrival of the nationally-televised Grand Slam of Curling in March. We thank everyone affected for their understanding and we are very appreciative of their support.”

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