Following the leadership of City Council, we are embarking on a community consultation exercise in support of the City of Greater Sudbury’s Arena Renewal Strategy. The purpose of these consultations is to allow citizens to voice their opinions regarding the current state of our arenas. Information gathered from this process will be considered along with other technical data collected by staff. A final report will be presented to Council based on this information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Arena Renewal Strategy?
- As per Council’s request, this strategy will research, investigate and identify the primary challenges and opportunities for the City of Greater Sudbury with respect to arenas.
- This strategy will include:
1. A review of physical and functional conditions of existing arenas.
2. A review of demand for ice time across the City of Greater Sudbury.
3. Public/Stakeholders recommendations
4. Recommendations on the closure of existing arena(s) if appropriate
5. Recommendations on if and where new arena(s) should be constructed
6. Explore capital sources of revenue for 2012 budget deliberations.
What is the goal of the Community Consultation?
- Gain insights into the community/user opinions of the existing arena facilities. This would ensure that the City of Greater Sudbury is meeting the current and future needs of ice users.
- Gain insight from community on ice rental costs and ice availability.
- Learn about public opinion on potential arena closures or construction of new facilities and any suggested location(s).
- To give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on ensuring that arenas are affordable, accessible and equitable in distribution throughout the City of Greater Sudbury.
- Examine other revenue-generating ideas and opportunities to maximize operational potential in our existing arenas.
How will the community feedback from the consultations be used?
The community’s feedback will be used to help develop recommendations to City Council about the future planning and capital funding for all arenas in the City of Greater Sudbury. It will also assist with the review and determination of the future direction for the operation of all arenas. Information obtained through consultations will help guide future arena operations and will contribute to a report back to City Council.
Where are we in the facility review process?
- The plan is to provide a report of information and data collection to Council in November 2011. From there Council will make the decision depending on budget processes and the conditions of each arena. All must be approved by Council before moving on. It is important to obtain your feedback now so we will have the best possible community arenas for the future.
How can I get involved in this Strategy?
Attend consultation sessions and complete the survey.
Are any arenas going to close?
The responses from the community consultations and completed surveys will help to give direction to City Council as to whether an arena should stay open or closed.
What is more expensive: to renovate an old facility or to build a new one?
It costs roughly 1.5% more to build a new arena compared to any other type of recreational facility due to hydro, heat, refrigeration systems, inflation and the construction cost (depending on the season). It may cost more to build new right now but will create long-term savings, especially in the areas of energy and technology.
How much money is required to sustain arena maintenance and operations from the tax base?
Approximately 62% on average (Council Report, June 15, 2011).
What is the lifespan of an arena?
This is a difficult question to answer. In the 1980s the lifespan was approximately 50 years, but now technology and energy constantly are advancing so rapidly that the estimate has dropped to 30 years. Right now the average age of our arenas is 40 years, as per the Council Report of June 15, 2011.
Why does the City not have any public/private/partner agreements for arena management?
Current statistics indicate that the public still want municipal governments to operate and own arena facilities on average in Ontario by 68% (Toronto Sun, August ??).
How many ice pads currently operate within the CITY OF GREATER SUDBURY area?
What are the benefits of having two ice pads versus one?
Construction savings as it is less than building single ice surfaces at two separate locations. Would reduce the cost for operations as require the same amount of staff to man a double ice pad as you would for a single surface. Double ice surfaces also bring in double the patrons. Also allows for increased tournament potential and therefore impacts economy in a positive manner. Allows for more flexible space.
It should be noted that in the Parks, Open Space & Leisure Master Plan, that it was recommended that the City consider replacing some of the single pad arenas with multi-pad facilities where appropriate.
Will there be other community consultations before anything is finalized?
Which arena is next to be closed?
Right now no arenas are slated to be closed at this time which is why this consultation is being brought to the community. We value what your input.
What happened with McClelland and Cambrian Arenas and where do things stand now for both?
Both arenas are up and running for this season. Cambrian Arena was refurbished over the past two years and McClelland was restored after the fire took place in 2009.
General Points of Interest:
I.J. Cody has the least usage of all sites yet is still in good shape.
Capreol has two ice pads which assists operational costs yet residents do not like to drive the distance.
Chelmsford arena is in rough shape needing the same refurbishing as Cambrian in the near future.
Residents travel to other locations outside of the CITY OF GREATER SUDBURY limits for ice time.
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