At their meeting on July 6, Faraday Township council was asked to support two free public skating times at the North Hastings Community Centre. NHCC arena manager Ron Richard requested this in a letter to council from June 8. After a brief discussion, council voted unanimously to support the NHCC by funding two free skating events over the 2022/2023 season.
Richard explained in his letter to Faraday council on July 6 that the NHCC had in previous years offered these free skating events due to the sponsorship and generosity of local community business partners and municipalities like Faraday. He said it has been a huge success with the largest skating numbers they had seen in years. Again, this year, he said they are offering this program to the community.
“Twice a week we offer ice times for public skating and no admission is charged to the public skaters. [It will be available] Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for members of the whole North Hastings community to enjoy,” he said in his letter.
The indoor skating rink at the NHCC has been open since 1972 and is available seasonally from late August to mid April each year. The public skating events have always been one of the main attractions of the NHCC according to their website, at www.northhastingscommunitycentre.ca. Richards said that a total of 28 weeks are available to be sponsored in the upcoming season at a cost of $250 plus HST for 3.5 hours. Each sponsorship will include both the Tuesday and Wednesday ice times. Every sponsor will get an advertisement in the schedule of events in The Bancroft Times and Bancroft This Week, on the NHCC website and on the bulletin board in the arena’s lobby. If a sponsor so chooses, they may also promote their business in the lobby during their scheduled ice times.
Sponsors will not be charged if their ice time is cancelled or if COVID-19 flares up again and the free skating events are not possible, however the NHCC is hoping that the upcoming season will proceed as it normally did before the pandemic, and they are hoping for community businesses’ support to allow the program to proceed.
“If you decide to sponsor, please do not submit payment yet, as I will invoice your business only after public skating has successfully been held. Packages are being held on a first come first served basis so please don’t miss out and reserve your sponsorship package,” he said in the letter.
Richards invited anyone to contact him with any questions or concerns at 613-332-2062 or by email at email@example.com.
Mayor Dennis Purcell introduced Richard’s letter to council at their July 6 meeting and asked for discussion on it.
Purcell asked Dawn Switzer, the clerk and treasurer, if they got to pick their times at that point, to which she replied that they couldn’t, as a lot of dates had already been picked by other community business partners.
“There’s not a lot of dates left, so I’ll get a hold of Ron [Richards] and find out what dates are available,” she says.
With no other questions or discussion, council voted unanimously to support the NHCC by sponsoring two free skating events for the upcoming season.
Switzer told The Bancroft Times on July 8 that Faraday usually sponsors these events every year and has for a number of years.
“Council feels that the events benefit our younger generation.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times