RDN budgets $1M for Parksville arena demolition

Parksville’s park plan recommends relocating facility

The Regional District of Nanaimo board has approved an estimated $1 million be allocated for removal and site remediation of the Parksville Curling Club arena.

At its regular board meeting Tuesday (March 27), the board approved the funding to be allocated in the 2019-23 financial plan, and approved renewal of the RDN’s lease agreement with the City of Parksville for the lands and associated area on which the arena is located. The RDN also renewed the sublease agreement with the Parksville Curling Club Society for the management and operation of the arena as a curling facility.

The motions first came to the RDN’s committee of the whole meeting, and were officially endorsed Tuesday.

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The RDN’s lease agreement with the city will expire March 31 and a report from staff states “It is necessary for the Regional District of Nanaimo to renew the lease with the City of Parksville for another period of five years.”

The City of Parksville’s 10-year Community Park Master Plan includes a recommendation to relocate the arena, also known as District 69 Arena, outside of Community Park.

The regional district’s draft Recreation Services Master Plan recommended that the District 69 Arena continue to operate as a curling rink for as long as the facility is available.

In a staff report, the plan identified that the curing club is experiencing growth and that there are approximately 800-900 registered curlers in the region.

— with files from Michael Briones

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