The E.J. Broomfield Arena has been out of commission since upgrading began late this summer.The upgrades are nearly complete. The new boards are in place and the lines are nearly painted.Aside from a new ice plant, rink boards and fire alarm system for the arena, there is also an upgrade of sewage and water capabilities.
The town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay received a $1 million funding grant from ACOA (the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) for the upgrades. Cimco Refrigeration is carrying out the refrigeration work. The new refrigeration system was brought in from Nova Scotia at a cost of $200,000.
The arena is 38 years old and this will mark the buildings first major upgrade.
The arena's old boards were donated to the community of Makkovik and have already been delivered by Marine Atlantic free of charge.
Plans are in the works there to have a new rink measuring 120 feet long and 80 feet wide built at the site of the town's former dump.