Uncertainty at Charlottetown's Eastlink Centre

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Dave McGrath, general manager of the Eastlink Centre, looks over layout plans for the new multi-purpose complex that, if the city follows through with its plans, would replace the Eastlink Centre.

Talk of new facility has current arena's future up in air

By Chris Gregory

The Guardian

In all the excitement and talks about a new multi-use facility for Charlottetown, Dave McGrath says there might still be a use for the Eastlink Centre, even after a new facility is in play.

As more and more progress is made in the unfolding of a new facility, the city will also have to sit down and discuss what it will want to do with the current space.

“This complex is owned both by the province and the city, so they’d certainly have to lay out what needs to be done,” Eastlink Centre’s general manager said, adding that aside from the sporting events that would naturally move to the new complex, there’s still a need and use for the space.

With the racetrack, casino and events like Old Home Week, a lot needs to be accounted for when the city weighs out its options.

“There will still be a need for . . . those types of things,” he said. “The bigger picture needs to be looked at.”

That said, there’s still a lot of time between now and when those decisions would need to be made. Right now, McGrath said, it’s simply food for thought.

“Who knows? It’s anybody’s guess at this point in time.”

Things do seem to be pointed in the direction of a new multi-purpose facility. In fact, the City of Charlottetown is expected to name a committee to look at its feasibility in March.

“Times are changing, and as anything, whether it’s facilities or technology, it changes quickly,” said McGrath. “This community deserves a facility like that.”

Organizations: Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • city taxpayer
    February 28, 2016 - 14:35

    I for one hope that we don't spend another cent on a hockey rink in Charlottetown. We've spent a lot of money on Simmons and the Sherwood Sportplex and the CARI facility and the Civic Centre over the last 30 years. And hockey is in decline. If Charlottetown council thinks it needs to spend $50 million on a new rink, then perhaps they can offer to cut the tax rate from $1.67 to $1.50 instead. I have a modest house in Charlottetown assessed at but I am paying far more in property tax than a house in Toronto assessed at over $500,000. And Toronto has a heck of a lot more services than Charlottetown offers. Something isn't right with this situation.