Save Coronation Arena

Save Coronation Arena

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Alex McFarlane started this petition to Edmonton City Council

Coronation Arena, in the Westmount area of Edmonton, has been an integral venue for organized hockey and figure-skating in Northwest Edmonton since 1970. There are no other indoor arenas around it; the only one close to it, inside Westmount Shopping Centre, was replaced by a fitness centre in 2007. 

However, the arena is endangered as we speak. As part of the Coronation Park Redevelopment plan, the City plans to shift parking in the area, and they want to tear down Coronation Arena to make way for the parking.

This is a very troubling idea, to say the least. To replace the only indoor ice sheet in the area with parking, especially in a time where shortage of available ice time is already a concern, is very poor decision-making. What should happen, is the parking should be placed on the site of a field that separates Coronation Arena from the Westmount Transit Centre. The soccer field directly above it, with the tiny bleachers, should be opened up, and only the field with the main grandstand should be fenced off. Coronation Park already has many soccer fields, and it would be better to remove one of them, as opposed to demolishing such a unique, vital cornerstone to Westmount. Coronation is also one of only two arenas in Edmonton with the iconic vintage barrel-vault roof that so many arenas of the past used to feature. Because of this, and because of how important it is to the local hockey community, we should preserve it, and make an effort to update the arena, to reduce maintenance costs. 

Should the city insist on proceeding with attempting to tear the arena down, the alternate goal will be to try and obtain historic designation for the arena in 2020, when it becomes eligible to be declared a historic site.

Sign this petition to add your voice, and make it clear we cannot afford to lose any indoor ice space, especially when it's the only one in the area.

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