City to hold public meeting about the Kids Arena

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The City of Fort St. John will hold a public meeting to discuss future changes at the Kids Arena.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday April 20, at 7p.m. at the Kids Arena.

City staff, City Council, the Kids Arena Committee and representatives from the City’s architectural consultants will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions. During the meeting you’ll see detailed information about the planned changes, the cost, kinds of use and the next steps for the facility.

In February, City staff presented to Council, how the $500,000 portion of the Capital Budget, designated for the upgrades, would be spent.

A list of both primary and secondary considerations was handed out regarding the upgrades. The primary upgrades to the facility involve the minimum requirements necessary to convert the facility. The secondary upgrades are comprised of additional items that the City would like to change, but are not considered vital.

Primary upgrades include installing a high quality turf/grass surface, installing netting on the spectator side of the arena and a new heating system. Additional upgrades include purchasing a hard surface to fit over the grassed area so that the space can be used for
other types of events like small concerts and trade shows.

Some of the secondary considerations include renovating the washrooms and bleachers to allow access for people with disabilities. It would also include upgrading the upstairs meeting room, the concession area and painting both the interior and exterior of the building.

The City expects to award the tenders in May, with construction taking place over the summer. The official re-opening of the arena would then be scheduled for October.

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