Nelson sports council hands over Civic Centre keys

The Nelson Regional Sports Council is backing out of a decade-long agreement to manage the aging rink.

A public skate at the Civic Centre in January. The aging facility will once again be run by the city this year.

A public skate at the Civic Centre in January. The aging facility will once again be run by the city this year.

The ongoing headache of running the Civic Centre will soon be the city’s problem.

The Nelson Regional Sports Council won’t renew its agreement to manage the 81-year-old facility, chair Mari Plamondon confirmed to the Star on Monday.

Plamondon declined further comment until after a planned sports council meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

A steady decrease in ice rentals has been given as the reason for the rink’s loss of $40,000 in revenue since 2010. The sports council has run the city-owned facility since 2006, but the city hasn’t increased annual funding for the rink from $55,000 since the start of the arrangement.

In February, city council declined the sports council’s request for a $20,000 funding increase. Numbers for the previous fiscal year have not yet been released, but the rink lost $3,537 for the fiscal year ending March 2015.

Portions of the rink have been closed to the public since extensive maintenance renovations were completed in October.

The Civic Centre’s ice rental rates have been the same as the ones at the Nelson and District Community Complex since that facility’s construction in 2005. The Regional District of Central Kootenay, which runs the NDCC, gives the newer facility booking priority and sets the Civic Centre ice allotment schedule.

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