The hockey arena at the Wild Rose Co-op Recreation Centre in Sedgewick was officially re-opened to the public after Town Council passed a resolution to do so at a special meeting held on January 29th, 2020.
The rink was suddenly closed on December 9th when information was brought to Council showing a large amount of corrosion on the structure’s purlins which run in a north-south direction in the facility. After bringing in three engineers to look at the issue, Council decided on a solution that commenced on January 7th and took less than 3 weeks to complete. Forty-two galvanized purlins have been added to the roof structure reducing the purlin spacing from 5 feet to 2.5 feet which also brings the snow load capacity up to current standards. A permanent fix of replacing the roof which is at the end of its life cycle and adding sufficient ventilation are being planned for a future off-season. Thickness reviews of the purlins that were not reinforced will be ongoing.
With the facility resuming operations, the 6th Annual Bergie Tourney will proceed as scheduled beginning on February 1st. The arena will also play host to the Atom ‘A’ Provincial Championships in March and Gord Bamford’s #REDNECK Musicfest in April.