Repurpose Thames Arena For Indoor Sports

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Repurpose Thames Arena For Indoor Sports

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Jon Jon started this petition to Council and Municipality Of Chatham Kent and

The COVID situation has forced the closure of most indoor facilities in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent that numerous community groups use through the winter for recreation and sports. The schools have eliminated rentals of their gyms and the St. Clair College Healthplex has been converted for use as a COVID field hospital and testing centre. This has left many community groups with no facilities available for rent this winter.

Unfortunately, the initial decision to re-purpose the Erickson Arena as a multi-purpose facility for indoor rentals from December 2020 to March 2021 was reversed by council.

Part of the initial decision to repurpose the Erickson arena was the current financial situation as a significant portion of the 2020 arena budget is based on rental revenue. The municipality’s ten arenas are currently operating at a deficit of $235,867 per month. By creating rental space for alternative recreational activities for the broader demographic, the arena facilities will be more financially viable and responsive to community needs.

The Thames Campus arena currently does not have ice in it. Adding ice to this facility would surely add to the operating deficit of the arenas as they are only operating at approximately 60% of capacity. The demand for ice as shown by the rental numbers does not warrant the cost of opening an additional arena. All of Chatham-Kent’s ice usage needs can currently be satisfied by 6 of the Municipality’s arenas.

At this time there are approximately 12 user groups who have indicated they would rent approximately 75 hours of time per week. At an average rent of $65 per hour, this generates $20,000 of rental income per month.

A decision to convert the Thames Campus arena into a multi-purpose facility for the winter of 2020-21 makes financial sense for the taxpayers of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and serves to provide available facilities for recreation and sport for many children and residents within the community.

With this petition, we are asking council to consider that Thames Campus arena be used as a multi-purpose facility for indoor rentals from December 2020 to March 2021.

Based on these facts we would love your support for this initiative.

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