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All four Île-Perrot municipalities join forces for new arena project


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The proposed new arena will be built on vacant land adjacent to École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu in Pincourt depending on whether a request for grants from the federal and provincial governments are approved.

L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot (NDIP), Pincourt, and Terrasse-Vaudreuil have teamed up and jointly applied for grants from the federal and provincial governments to build a new hockey arena that will be located in Pincourt, just metres away from the previous arena project that has sat vacant for roughly 20 years.

The news was announced in a joint press release that was issued by all four municipalities last Thursday, January 23. Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the island’s mayors are all united in their desire to have a dedicated arena to serve the needs of all Île-Perrot residents.

Request for grants

“This is a big step,” Cardinal told The Journal. “It also includes the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs. The idea is to ask both levels of government for grants so that we can finally realize an arena that citizens from all four municipalities have been waiting for many years. Our joint effort will be better for the entire island.”

The mayor reiterated the new two-rink facility will not be exclusively for hockey – people who enjoy other ice sports will also be able to use the new facility. The arena will also allow students from École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu who are enrolled in its hockey program – adjacent to the proposed arena on Pincourt Boulevard – to use the facility, he said.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Graffiti covers the exterior walls of the abandoned Pincourt arena on January 29. Mayor Yvan Cardinal confirmed the arena will be eventually demolished.

Dedicated facility for island residents

“People who now have to travel off-island to use other facilities will have their own dedicated arena close to their homes. We’ve already done soil studies on the land,” said Cardinal.

If approved, the four municipalities will receive grants totalling just over 66 per cent from Ottawa and Quebec through their financial aid for recreational and sports infrastructure programs. Each city will pay a share in picking up the remaining cost if their application is approved.

Collaborative effort

Terrasse-Vaudreuil fully supports the collaborative effort. “The council has agreed to work together to make a request for a grant that has become available,” said Director General Ron Kelley.

“There’s a deadline that’s coming up in February. All four municipal councils got together, discussed the matter and decided to go ahead with the project. We’re all on board and we all passed resolutions to go ahead and deposit the request for the grant.”

The arena will be built in the same new location that was proposed by Pincourt about two years ago when it was planning to build an arena on its own – on vacant land adjacent the École secondaire du Chêne-Bleu on Pincourt Boulevard – directly across the street from the original site of the first unfinished and abandoned arena.

More positive feedback

“We’re very happy that we’re going ahead with a project that includes all four cities,” said NDIP Mayor Danie Deschênes. “It’s a must if we want to get a grant. It covers the entire population of the almost 40,000 people who live on the island. We finally all agreed on the project.”

L’Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin said a project to build an arena on the island has been desired for many years. “This is an important infrastructure that will serve the interests of all citizens on the island, both in terms of sports and leisure,” said Séguin.

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