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Photo: City Manager Dianne Hunter discusses the Kids Arena at the city council meeting on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/


By Christine Rumleskie

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The City of Fort St. John will soon be taking applications from local groups that want to operate out of the Kids Arena.

City Councilors voted unanimously in favor of the decision, at the Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

The Kids Arena was constructed in 1974, and was used primarily as a hockey rink, up until the Enerplex opened last year. The building now sits vacant, and City Manager Dianne Hunter says there’s been a lot of interest in occupying that space.

She says the Junior Sports Committee, who took care of the building, left the Kids Arena in pristine condition.

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Hunter added that the building would be appropriate for groups that are kid-oriented, and have a focus on sports.

But, she also said that whoever gets access to the building, will have to be prepared to move out in around ten years.

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The City should be providing more information on the application process in the near future, on its website

Applications will not guarantee user groups a spot, as the City hasn’t decided if it will continue operating the facility.

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