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Recreation is essential to our quality of life: the personal, social, economic and environmental benefits of recreation are the essence of a healthy community and individual well-being. Providing recreation to our community gives our youth an interesting and enjoyable way to mature, it brings people into our community, which brings financial support to local business, and supplies a social gathering for our residents.
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A hockey arena is an open air deep freeze keeping 1.5 inches of water over 16,000 square feet frozen. The building that it is housed in has to be maintained to protect the health of all people who use it. This means that furnaces, water heaters, alarm systems, lighting, structure, mechanical equipment, such as refrigeration systems, and ice resurfacers must be maintained and checked regularly. There are also utilities and consumed supplies including: toilet paper, roll towels, cleaners, garbage bags, ice-making supplies, lumber, plastic to repair the arena boards, paint, and office supplies. Insurance, wages and equipment add to the total operating costs.
The Town of Diamond Valley’s fees are lower than the main centres such as Calgary, but around the same or higher than most municipalities within the same distance of a major city as Diamond Valley.