The City of Burlington announced that contractors are set to begin the demolition of Skyway Arena in early October. Once the demolition is complete, construction will begin on a new Skyway Community Centre, which will have many new and upgraded features for community use, as well as key items to reduce the carbon footprint to align with both the Climate Emergency Declaration and the Corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan. Skyway Park will also be undergoing a renovation.

“The new Skyway Community Centre will be a state of art community facility and designed to be consistent with achieving our goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The park and building will be a key feature and highlight for the City, residents and visitors,” said Allan Magi, executive director, Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services.

“The new building will have community rooms and features the existing building did not have, and the ice surface and dressing rooms will be much improved; all of which are things we’ve heard from facility users. We’re looking forward to adding this facility to our programming and rental options,” added Chris Glenn, director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

The new building is expected to open in the second quarter of 2024. During this time, to ensure public safety, the park and building will be closed for public use.

Skyway Community Centre features

  • New +/-47,000 sq. ft building
  • NHL-sized ice pad (85’x200’)
  • Spectator seating with accessibility options
  • Lobby with furnishings, self service area, customer service area and offices
  • Warm and cold viewing areas with accessibility options
  • Universal washroom
  • Six change rooms with showers and washrooms (one designated accessible)
  • Referee room(s)
  • Multi-use program space with kitchenette and exterior doors
  • Sound system for arena, seating, lobby, program room(s), washrooms etc.
  • Three lane indoor walking-track
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Environmental features

The design of this facility will reduce annual emissions approximately 85 per cent (as compared to a facility without these features) as there will be no use of gas at this facility.

  • The mechanical system for this facility will include geothermal as well as the use of recovered heat from the refrigeration plant to heat portions of the facility.
  • A zero emissions electric ice-resurfacer will be used at this facility instead of the typical compressed natural gas resurfacers.
  • Roof structure to support future solar panels.

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