The old arena complex in Ste. Anne is getting some work done. 

In the Maurice Chaput Arena, new flooring is being installed in the dressing rooms, thanks to a $26,000.35 grant through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community grant program. 

Minor Hockey President Mark Dolphin is glad to see the old floor being replaced with something much better. 

“It’s going to be floor-to-floor rubber mat, interconnected interlocked flooring, which is a lot more beneficial than we had previously,” he says. “There were a lot of gaps in between and skates for getting caught in between and we want to keep our skates sharp in the dressing room before we get on to the ice. So, a huge benefit for us.” 

Dolphin says it is exciting to see a variety of improvements happening at the arena during the summer months, especially to know the facility should be ready when hockey season begins. 

“It’s mind blowing to see that we're going to be able to have the advanced start this year versus previous years where we've had to rent out space in other communities,” he says. 

The curling club is planning some improvements as well after getting a $25,000 grant for facility upgrades. 

Club President Mike Buss says they have a few projects on their wish list which will benefit curlers as well as spectators. 

They are considering replacing cameras, installing a chairlift to make the facility more accessible, getting a new ice scraper, just to name a few projects they are thinking about. 

“We’re going to evaluate exactly which project will benefit the most and which one is cost effective so that we can maybe get a couple more projects in,” Buss says. 

He is very pleased with how things are going for curling in Ste. Anne, noting their membership grew last year to 175. 

-With files from Dave Anthony