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Kerry Park ice plant to be replaced at season end

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"Critical" improvements to the Kerry Park Recreation Centre will begin this spring.

And they will happen without any new taxes for south Cowichan residents.

A $2.7 million upgrade starting with the arena floor and refrigeration system is expected to get underway in lat March, as soon as the ice is out.

"The first priority is to replace the nearly 40-year-old arena refrigeration ice rink slab and installation of the sub floor heating system, as well as the arena dasher boards during the dry floor season to ensure there is little disruption to the ice season," Kerry Park Recreation Commission chairman Mike Croft said in a media release. "The goal is to complete the slab work by mid-August."

Lacrosse and other warm-season users will be force to look at other options.

"Our regular users have been notified of the project work and are working with other local facilities to accommodate them for this season," South Cowichan Recreation manager Kim Liddle said in the same release.

Additional repairs will likely include: electrical, sewer and water system upgrades, mechanical, plumbing and refrigeration systems, as well as the replacement of the original generator.

"The commission recognizes that there is no desire to increase tax requisition at this time, so the project will be funded through reserve funds, grants and short-term borrowing," Croft said.

"The annual contributions made to the Kerry Park Reserve Fund will be decreased and reallocated to debt repayment for the project in order to keep costs neutral."

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