By Nick Moase
Queens Memorial Arena is getting a piece of the provincial governments $2-million rink revitalization fund.
Health and Protection Minister Barry Barnet announced the funding on July 29. A total of $27,000 will go to each rink, to help arenas with repairs and improvements.
Mike Langille, Arena Manager at Queens Memorial Arena, said the funds are going towards a new dehumidifier system. “Right now if you were to come up to the rink, it would be completely wet inside,” he said. “Because of the humidity, we are plagued with rust, mold and mildew.”
Langille said that the dehumidifier will reduce costs from maintenance, but also the amount of electricity used.
The Desiccant type dehumidifier draws moisture out of the air instead of freeze drying it like regular models. The unit has the capacity of two regular models, uses no refrigerant and draws less electricity then typical dehumidifiers.
A proper atmosphere will also reduce the electrical load on the ice making machines. “With rising operating costs, it’s more and more difficult for arenas to manage day-to-day maintenance,” said Minister Barnet. “As arenas provide Nova Scotians with opportunities to be physically active, our investment will help these facilities remain sustainable to continue to provide the best service possible to communities.”
Langille said the improvements would be noticeable to users of the arena. “It will eliminate buildup of condensation drips on the ice, which can be a liability issue. Someone could trip over one and fall,” he said. People will also see improvements in overall ice quality.
He added that overall, the dehumidifier will create a better atmosphere and air quality in the arena.
Arena receives $27,000
By Nick Moase
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