Chelsea, Quebec Hockey dad calls for Meredith Centre replay

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by admin on September 1, 2010

The Editor,

Like so many residents of Chelsea, Quebec who voted Yes for the Meredith Centre and voted for Mayor Caryl Green, I voted for construction of a hockey rink – not a conference centre.

As a dad who plays hockey, I saw the Meredith Centre as an opportunity to have a local rink in which my kids could learn to play the great Canadian sport. The rink would provide a central location for recreational activity which could easily be expanded to become a community centre for sports and arts activities together. What a great way to bring young and old families together in our little town.

Regarding funding, I guarantee that ice time available on weekends and evenings would be sold out in less than a year. As an organizer of adult hockey, I know how difficult it is rent ice for recreational hockey in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

For my team, we are paying $260 per hour at the University of Ottawa rink, and there is a waiting list for any available ice.

It is time to review the Meredith Centre decisions and perhaps have another referendum.

John Rollings

Chelsea, Quebec

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