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McMeeken Centre on track

After mould and ice-making issues forced a delay, the W.J. McMeeken Centre is set to open
McMeeken Centre

It’s a little later than originally planned, but the W.J. McMeeken Centre is expected to be open next week.

Unseasonably warm weather caused issues in the ice-making process at the facility and led to the formation of mould in the dressing rooms.

City Deputy CAO, Community Development and Enterprise Services Tom Vair said Friday afternoon that the facility remains on track to open on Tuesday.

“The cleanup is going well and we anticipate that we should be open next week,” Vair said.

The delay in opening led to some headaches as user groups were forced to look for other facilities to get ice time that would have been housed at the McMeeken.

Vair said the city attempted to help wherever possible but the city-run facilities in many cases were already booked solid, which led to issues in finding extra ice time.

On Tuesday, city council will discuss a recommendation that it approves the use of the city’s Facility Maintenance Reserve up to $72,000 to fund the work done.

The analysis in council report states “the remediation efforts consisted of cleaning of the mould off of the walls in accordance with established guidelines for mould abatement, removing the sport flooring and replacing of millwork where required. Hepa air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and vacuums were used in the process, as well as antimicrobial applications and final decontamination wipe downs. Air duct cleaning, and the replacement of contaminated light fixtures was also necessary.”