Even though the soft opening of the Enerplex has been penned-in for September 16th, it still looks like the facility won’t be fully operational for some time.
The City of Fort St. John announced that date for the soft opening on Monday, noting that only the first floor will be opened.
But, there won’t be much to do in September, because the two NHL-size rinks are only available for pre-booked games and practices. The city wants to phase-in public skating sometime in October.
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Access to the second and third levels of the facility will not be available. Director of Community Services Sarah Cockerill explains why.
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She says construction is taking place primarily on the second floor, and the third floor only requires the finishing touches, like the installation of lockers.
But, because the second floor is inaccessible, the third floor will remain closed for now.
The opening date of the Enerplex has been bounced around for quite a while now. Last year, former Mayor Jim Eglinski said the completion of the Enerplex was slated for this summer. Then, the city had anticipated a soft opening of September 1st.
But, Cockerill says delays are typical for a larger facility like the Enerplex.
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She says both the second and third floor should be operational some time in November, with a Grand Opening scheduled for the end of November.