New Pitt Arena to celebrate grand re-opening Jan. 21

Free public skate from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 21

Maple Ridge Chrysler Rink will be totally transformed. The Winter Wonderland runs three dates at the  renovated  arena complex  on South  Bonson Road.

Maple Ridge Chrysler Rink will be totally transformed. The Winter Wonderland runs three dates at the renovated arena complex on South Bonson Road.

With construction of the new and improved Pitt Meadows Arena nearing completion, the City of Pitt Meadows will be holding a re-opening ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The public ceremony is being held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a free public skate from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

The Pitt Meadows Arena never really closed during its 18-month restoration and renovation, but gone are the plastic sheets, plaster dust, and portables.

“The City put a lot of efforts and resources into this project,” said rink manager Ray Boogaards. “It’s nice to see it all come together.”

The three-rink arena features new change rooms, bleachers, a new lobby, skate shop, and administrative offices.

However, much of the work took place behind the scenes. The hundreds of piles the arena sits on have been replaced, as has the building’s long-leaking roof, while seismic upgrades will protect the building in the case of an earthquake. The arena’s heating and ventilation system have also been replaced, while the arena’s exterior walls have been insulated and recladded with tough, weather resistant panels.

The cost of the renovations jumped considerably since the project was first proposed, from $5.3 million to $8.6 million, due to the unforeseen seismic work, as well as a fast-tracked timeline.