RECC planning to add suites, multipurpose room

The Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) is planning to add six suites and a multipurpose room in the arena portion of the facility.

General Manager Matt Moore tells our newsroom that the incredible growth both in membership and events hosted has put a strain on available space, and the upcoming IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship presented an opportunity to do this expansion.

For the World Junior A Challenge, for example, a portable broadcast booth was constructued, office partitions were used for a media space where the spin bikes are located, and scouts were hosted in the fitness area.

Moore says situations like that have negatively impacted membership as classes are moved to the foyer or are unable to be held, while current classes such as yoga are full and people are having to be turned away.

He says the suites will be structurally mounted in the high steel above the main upstairs entrance, across the ice from where the current skybox is located, with the multipurpose room above the bathrooms in the corner to the right of that entrance.

He says the arena will continue to operate, though access to the walking track could be impacted a little, and the doors may have to be shifted in order for construction of stairs to access the suites.

The project cost is pegged at $689,000, with Moore saying the RECC will be able to contribute $205,000 due to substantial surpluses in recent years, with the province and ACOA also involved in funding.

The Town of Truro voted yesterday to approve $50,000 for the project, and the county is expected to vote on providing the same amount this evening.

Moore says the most invasive parts of the installation are planned for this summer, including the steel structure and pouring concrete floors, and they're aiming for an October completion.