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Ward 11 news: Stu Peppard Arena - Temporary closure

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Update: On January 24, 2013 The City of Calgary Recreation received the structural engineer’s report on the compromised roof at Stu Peppard arena (5300 19th Street S.W). The findings confirmed that ice load caused by recent melting and freezing of snow had resulted in structural fatigue of two sections of the roof. Recreation has begun design work for the repair to both the east and west sections of the roof, but due to the complexity of the repair and size of the area being addressed Stu Peppard Arena will remain closed until the end of March - the remainder of the 2013 primary ice season.

Past news: The Stu Peppard Arena was closed by the City of Calgary Recreation department on January 17th, 2013 after a regular facility check revealed that the roof was compromised. In the interest of public safety, Recreation immediately shut down the arena and contacted maintenance contractors to assess the roof’s condition. While assessment and repairs will be done as quickly as possible to ensure impact to user groups is minimized, it is unknown at this time when the arena will reopen. Public safety is the top priority for all City of Calgary facilities and, as such, is being made a top priority in this situation.

The Stu Peppard Arena is primarily used by booked user groups. Recreation will work with the groups and organizations that have existing contracts in place for ice times at the arena to help provide support in securing alternate ice booking options where possible.

These common questions & answers may provide more information on the situation:

Why is Stu Peppard Arena closing?
The decision to close Stu Peppard was made in the interest of public safety upon discovery the roof is compromised.

When will the arena reopen?
Assessment is underway and repairs will be done as soon as possible. It is unknown at this time when the arena will reopen. We thank Stu Peppard user groups for their patience as we work hard to ensure the facility is safe for their use as soon as possible.

Was anyone injured as a result of the roof’s condition?
No. In fact, the proactive decision made by staff to close the arena ensures continued public safety.

Is the City investing in these "old" facilities?
Absolutely. Regular maintenance and repairs are scheduled at all City of Calgary facilities and life cycle budgets are allocated on an annual basis. Over the next six years (2011 to 2016), The City will invest in community facility improvements through the Community Investment Fund.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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