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Kerry Park Arena's slab pulled, repoured

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Renovations called “critical” at Kerry Park Arena will continue throughout the summer, regional brass say.

Those long-debated capital fixes, costing taxpayers $2.7-million, include pulling and repouring the arena slab, plus sewer connections, dressing-room refits and more.

“The arena slab replacement was our first priority, and the project is currently ahead of schedule,” said Mike Croft, Kerry Park rec commission chairman.

“We are currently on target to complete the slab work by the end of July, followed by installation of the new arena boards in early August.”

Demolition of the old slab saw materials recycled or reused, when possible, to keep material out of landfills, he notes.

Heaving and cracked was mostly caused by inflexible post-tension cables allowing no give to the concrete slab — not (artificial) permafrost or rock, explained Kim Liddle, South Cowichan rec manager.

The arena’s former refrigeration lines sat at the slab’s bottom, instead of at the top, causing “inefficient operation and high energy costs,” Liddle noted.

Energy-efficient refrigeration heat-recovery systems, involving new compressors and computer controls, are next to be done.

Annual contributions to Kerry Park’s reserve fund have dropped, and been rerouted to project debt “to keep costs neutral for taxpayers,” Croft noted.

The ice season is expected to start Sept. 2.

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