The Vancouver Canucks owners, The Aquilini Group, are interested in building a new community rink and sports centre adjacent to Rogers Arena and BC Place stadium. We revealed the full plans for the area including the new beach planned for Vancouver last week. The new rink will have majority of the time set aside for use by the public. It gets better, it will cost Vancouver taxpayers nothing as The Aquilini Group will build and operate it! Sounds like a win, win to me.
The facility will not be 100% for the public as the Canucks would build it and use it for their practices, however, 80 per cent of the ice time would be set aside for public use.
Downtown Vancouver could use another ice rink, hockey is our sport and Vancouverites are starved for rink time. At the moment the only one available downtown is in the West End.
The city’s population is estimated at 640,000 (BC estimates in 2010). The downtown population is pegged at around 100,000 and is expected to reach 120,000 in the near future. Despite the population increase in the area, the increase in sports and rec facilities has not kept pace. I’d like to see more parks and sports facilities for the public build downtown. However, this is not on any of the mayors top priority list.