Genesis Place arena opening pushed back
Airdrie residents will have to wait a little longer to get a look at phase three of Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
Originally scheduled to open to the public on Aug. 19, the arena section of the facility is not ready to be unveiled and the City is now aiming for an Aug. 26 opening.
The twin NHL ice surface will feature a 250-seat grandstand in each arena, four meeting rooms, locker rooms, a conference room and a pro shop.
City officials say the postponed opening is due to a delay in the arrival of minor finishing touches to the façade of the building at the entrance.
Delays originated from pieces of glass that were supposed to be mounted at the front of the building and were delivered behind schedule, according to Airdrie Corporate Communications Team Leader Lynda Phelan.
“Some of the pieces of glass that are at the front of the building are custom-cut pieces and they just were a bit late getting here,” said Phelan.
Phase three of Genesis Place is a $20-million project and Phelan said delays are to be expected and at just one week behind schedule, the fallout won’t be a significant hit to the City.
Any further delays would result in conflicts and Aug. 26 is the absolute latest for the arena to open as an ice usage schedule has already been put in to place, she added.
The 65,000-square-foot edition to the recreation centre has been under construction for about a year. The project was paid for through a combination of municipal funding, corporate donations and money fundraised by user groups such as the Airdrie Regional Recreation Enhancement Society, Airdrie Skating Club, Airdrie Minor Hockey Association and the Airdrie Ringette Association.
Phase one of Genesis Place Recreation Centre included the pool area, a gymnasium, a studio, a party room and meeting rooms and was constructed almost 10 years ago. Phase two of the building included a new mezzanine area, two soccer pitches, a gym facility and a gymnastics centre and was completed in 2009.
The centre now houses six pools, a water slide, gymnasiums, a 13,000-square-foot fitness centre, two indoor soccer fields, a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility and a 200-metre indoor running track.
Staff-guided tours of the building’s new addition will be hosted from Aug. 26 to 29 from 3 to 8 p.m. and there will also be public skating from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting rooms will be available for rentals between 5 and 8 p.m.
From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, there will be public skating at the Genesis Place arena from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The City has also set an official grand opening for the arena on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend.