Former youth centre site on McArthur Island will likely be home to ice expansion

As the city continues to plan the future of the former golf course on McArthur Island, another park of the island park awaits its fate.

A parking lot in place of the former McArthur Island Youth Centre continues to be earmarked for future recreational use.

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“It’s really reserve space,” City of Kamloops parks and civic facilities manager Jeff Puntam told KTW.

The building that once housed the Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, the 204 Black Maria Air Cadets and seniors groups was demolished for some $400,000 in 2015 after upgrades to the building were deemed too costly.

The land, which is situated next to the Sports Centre arena, was once considered for a potential leisure pool. Council, however, opted to re-invest in the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre as a result of intense community input.

At one point, the land was also identified as a possible spot for an indoor soccer facility.

Putnam said the land will “likely” be used to expand indoor ice facilities. The city is currently working on its recreation master plan, which includes analyzing rink capacity. A shortage of ice times has been an issue in the city since the closure of the privately owned Ice Box Arena on the Tk’emlups the Secwepemc reserve in the summer of 2015.

Putnam said recommendations will be announced at the end of the year or early 2019.

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