Rink rental rise could impact Corner Brook kids
Hourly fees at Pepsi Centre set to jump by 15%, user groups say
Sports groups in Corner Brook are warning about the repercussions of increasing fees charged for ice time at the Pepsi Centre.
"Hockey is an expensive sport, so not every family is going to be able to afford these increases," said Cara-Leigh Wyllie, president of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association.
"Unfortunately, the association is going to suffer, because we’re going to lose members."
Wyllie, who has three children involved in minor hockey, says parents will have to pay more in registration if the rink costs more to rent.
User groups were recently notified that the facility may soon cost $146 per hour for hockey, skating and broomball groups.
That works out to an increase of 15 per cent.
Rates have been on the rise each year since 2007.
The general manager of the Pepsi Centre, Willie Smith, told the user groups that the centre has been losing revenue.
Speed skaters can't afford hike
But Sharon Karn, president of the Humber Valley Speed Skating Club, doesn’t think her speed skaters can afford it.
Karn had skates and skins donated from Nunavut to help offset the high rink rental costs.
"We represent Newfoundland and Labrador, and we want to continue representing Newfoundland and Labrador," Karn said.
"If this club doesn't continue, then we will be the only province not represented in Canada regarding speed skating."
Even on warm summer days, the rink is packed with figure skating camps, recreational hockey games, minor hockey and even broomball.
The user groups are meeting regularly to try to come up with a way to reduce the rink rental rates.
The manager of the Pepsi Centre wasn’t available for comment.