New sign for Bothwell Arena

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People driving by the Bothwell Arena will soon get a good idea of what's going on inside.

Bob Hamilton, President of the Bothwell Area Recreation Advisory Committee, says the group is working on a plan to install a brand new sign on the arena grounds

“We want to make sure people in the community know what we have going on at the facility and in the community,” Hamilton says.

The group will soon be kicking off the official fundraising campaign for the project beginning with a large golf tournament May 8.

Estimated cost of the sign is between $25,000 to $30,000.

Because bingo revenues are down as a result of the pandemic, Hamilton says fundraising has become even more critical for the group.

BARAC partners with Riverview Gaming Centre in Chatham, but proceeds have dropped off dramatically due to the pandemic.

“There were no funds raised in January,” Hamilton says, but adds “everyone is in the same boat.”

But he says it won’t stop the group.

“We’ll just have to be more creative,” Hamilton explains, adding he’s hoping BARAC can bring some new sponsors on board.

Jackie Beatty, who is heading up sign’s fundraising committee, says all community groups will be able to post information free of charge.

The new sign is a step forward for the Bothwell Arena, indicating user groups are looking to the future.

The community was was mired in controversy last year after the Municipality of Chatham-Kent moved to close the arena.

BARAC, and arena user groups, fought back hard to keep the doors of the facility open.

Hamilton says BARAC is constantly on the hunt for new ways to support the centre and members welcome input from the public.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald