Small group of men and women wearing masks stnad on carpet on ice hockey scoreboard in background

The Petawawa Civic Centre Arena has had its rink floor, glass, scoreboard and boards replaced. The five-month construction project wrapped up on time, and on budget. From left are Project Manager at Frecon Construction Randy Brunatti, Director of Community Services Kelly Williams, Mayor Bob Sweet, Councillors Murray Rutz, Theresa Sabourin and James Carmody, Facilities Manager Mark Reinert and Deputy Mayor Gary Serviss. Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post.

New floor, rink boards and glass for Petawawa Civic Centre arena

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 18, 2021

The Petawawa Civic Centre arena received a $1.2 million renovation.

The nearly 50-year-old concrete refrigerated floor, rink boards and glass were replaced. The Petawawa Civic Centre Fundraising Committee also upgraded the scoreboard.

“We are really pleased, and I think this arena will serve us for many great years to come,” said committee member Theresa Sabourin.

The building was erected in 1974, and while well-loved, it was in dire need of upgrades. With renovations finally complete, the upgrades will ensure the facility will stand tall far into the future and serve many more generations.

There were a few setbacks during construction, notably when the glass did not arrive on time. This did not affect arena use, as Frecon Construction provided temporary glass so the arena could open in time for hockey season.

“The reality of this is that the entire world right now is dealing with supply chain challenges,” said Director of Community Services Kelly Williams. “We are no different.”

The five-month project was completed on time and within budget, and should last for another 30 to 40 years.

Reaction from patrons has been positive.

“The doors are light, the latching system is smooth and it is a big step up, a big improvement,” said Williams.
The new board system is made of aluminum. The old system was constructed from steel, so the doors to the ice and the players’ benches were heavy and needed constant repair. The glass is also higher than it used to be, allowing spectators a better view.

Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet is especially proud the town managed to pay for the project without borrowing money or using government grants. Instead, they relied on their pay-as-you-go model, which saw about $300,000 being put aside every year to meet project costs.

“It was paid for by the town without going into any debt in any way, without the help of the province or the federal government,” confirmed Sweet.

Laurentian Valley purchased the old boards and will use them for an outdoor skating rink.