By Catherine O'Hara • REVIEW STAFF
The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Flamborough's newest arena Saturday, Nov. 10.
Located west of Clappison's Corners, the North-Wentworth Twin Pad Arena is a 90,000-square-foot, barrier-free facility featuring two NHL-size rinks, seating for 800 guests, a community meeting room, and much more.
To mark the grand opening of the facility, "We have a myriad of activities going on," said Steve Sevor, the city's manager of sports and recreation development.
Between 12 (noon) and 3 p.m., guests in attendance will enjoy local community exhibits and on-ice demonstrations by members of the Flamboro Skating Club, Flamborough Hockey as well as the Girls' Hockey associations. An alumni hockey match between two former Flamborough teams is scheduled to kick off at 12:45 p.m.
In addition, a ribbon cutting and special presentation will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. Dignitaries, including Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina, Ward 15 councillor, Judi Partridge, Robert Pasuta, councillor for Ward 14, and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MP David Sweet, will be in attendance.
Families, said Sevor, are invited to drop by and enjoy the festivities. Tours, guided by city staff, will showcase some of the facility's eco features as well as provide guests with information on the arena's elements.
A free, open skate will take place throughout the celebration. Residents are encouraged to lace-up their skates and test out the new rink's ice surface.
"With all the things going on, I'm hoping we'll have quite a big turnout," said Sevor.
The new arena, he said, is another asset to the Flamborough community and City of Hamilton. "It's definitely a meeting place and a community asset that is long been awaited, is right here and ready for everyone to use."
The North-Wentworth Twin Pad Arena is located at 27 Hwy. 5 in Waterdown.