The Oval Board has a set of engineered plans along with all the studies needed to obtain the building permits required to complete the Oval Project as it was originally designed.
The original concept was to build an outdoor, temperature controlled 400-metre speed skating track that will provide a world class ice surface from mid-November to March each season and a concrete track suitable for in-line skating during the spring, summer, and fall. The plans also included a Community Building that will be built adjacent to the 400-metre track. The Community Building will include a banquet hall overlooking the Oval, a training facility, offices for the Speed Skating Association, changing rooms for the skaters, and the space required to store the ice making equipment.
The original Oval concept was based on building a facility that would be owned and operated by a not for profit community corporation. The Oval’s Business Plan established that it is possible to build a facility that does not require on-going government support from any level of government to operate. In an era when tax payers are already hard pressed to pay for essential services, the Oval was designed to provide this unique public recreation facility without requiring any tax dollars to underwrite its ongoing operational expenses.
The Oval Board submitted a number of well researched, professionally prepared applications for support from the federal and provincial government for the capital dollars needed to build the Oval. These applications needed strong advocates to be successful – political representatives who believed in, understood and publicly supported the Oval Project. Obviously, this one of a kind facility requires strong and committed local advocates to overcome the inevitable objections from bureaucrats who are more accustomed to funding municipally owned recreation facilities.
To date, the Oval’s funding applications that allowed for the completion of the Oval Project have not been successful. The Oval Board remains hopeful that the strength of the original Oval concept and the ever increasing amount of community use of the existing facility will result in a more effective level of political support in the future.
In the meantime, the Oval Board continues to operate this unique community recreation facility without a financial contribution from any level of government. With the financial support of a great group of local sponsors and the Oval’s dedicated volunteers, the Oval will continue to provide the community with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor skating during the winter months.