City opens sledge hockey-accessible arena in Stittsville

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City of Ottawa

An official puck drop with Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and members of the local hockey community marked the grand opening today of Goulbourn Recreation Complex's Arena B, which is a NHL-sized ice surface that was built to meet new provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for sledge hockey.

"The City of Ottawa is committed to providing families and kids with the opportunities they need to participate in sports and healthy activities," said Mayor Jim Watson. "That's why we froze recreation fees in our first two budgets and that's why we're breaking down the barriers faced by residents in our community who have disabilities."

"Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex each year and with this expansion, the City can offer them improved services in an extraordinary structure that meets their recreational needs," said Councillor Qadri.

The opening of Arena B represents the final phase the City's $8.7 million multi-year expansion and renovation of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. The expansion also included six new change rooms, an expanded referee room and a tournament reception lobby.

A few of the accessible features include: widened team benches to accommodate sledges; synthetic ice that can be installed when sledge hockey teams are playing to link the ice surface with dressing room, and extended and lowered board glass to provide enhanced viewing capabilities.

The new arena was built to meet high environmental standards and incorporate energy-efficient technology. For instance, there are now designated parking spots for electric vehicles, which are equipped with "pay for use" electrical outlets, where visitors to the complex can charge their vehicles for a nominal fee.