President of Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Aaron Bull presented at city council Monday to plead on behalf of 250 hockey players and their families.
Bull was on hand to request the Kin Arena be opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, citing lower enrollments and less ice time this year.
"We would like to get the Kin Arena opened up for our kids and youth," said Bull Monday.
"Dawson Creek Minor Hockey are very disappointed in the City of Dawson Creek after having been informed that the Kin Arena will not be opened this year," said Bull, reading from a letter sent to council.
"As parents, local taxpayers’, and members of this community we feel that it sends a message that the major youth winter sports and quality of life in Dawson Creek are not a priority to the City." Bull noted that enrolment was down about 50 players this year.
We feel that in the North there is not a ton to do in the winter time,” said Bull, noting registration was down from 292 at the beginning of the season to 250 now.
“We’ve had a lot of the older kids drop out because we don’t have ice for them to play games. If we are not playing games, they will find something else to do. What they are doing, I’m not sure.”
City administration will file a report outlining both financial costs, budget concerns, and COVID-19 protocols of both the Kin and Encana Events Centre ice - it is expected next month.
City CAO Blair Lekstrom noted the Kin Arena was not closed due to any reason beyond COVID-19.
"The Kin was not closed due to financial or maintenance issues, council made the decision based on the decision we were facing as a country due to the pandemic."
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