Free of Cost Arena Ice Time Program

Organization Sponsor: Shelburne, Municipality of the District

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Program Description

The "Free of Cost" Arena Ice Time Program is going very well. The program was put in place for a number of reasons all of which are listed on the brochure. You can download the brochure from our website. Go to www.municipalityofshelburne.ca and under Recreation and then under What's New to get a copy.

I wrote a Report to Council to get their approval of the program. I have attached a copy of that Report. The Municipality donates $12,000 to the Shelburne County Arena Association who in return provide 100 hours of free ice time that can be approved/booked through myself and the Arena Manager by filling out the application form on the brochure.

Program Approximate Cost: 

free

Funding Sources: 

The Municipality donates $12,000 to the Shelburne County Arena Association who in return provide 100 hours of free ice time that can be approved/booked through myself and the Arena Manager by filling out the application form on the brochure.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Ease of application, proper advertisement, good community response.

Impact Of Program: 

17 different applications for the "Free of Cost" Ice Program have been approved and booked with 30.5 hours of the 100 spoken for to date. Approximately 850 individuals will lace up their skates during the 30.5 hours booked so far.
Applications have been for family and youth group skating parties, hockey groups that have received some free ice time and have paid for equal time, groups that are holding a fundraiser on the ice for their organization or for the benefit of the arena.

Evaluation Tools: 

Response from community groups

Key Elements Towards Success: 

ability to negotiate with local town councils

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The goals for the program are as follows:
- Increase use of the Shelburne County Arena
- Expand the recreation services offered by the Municipality of Shelburne Recreation Department
- Provide "free" physical activity opportunities for all ages
- Eliminate financial barriers so that everyone can have an opportunity to play on ice

Length and Stage of Project: 

Every winter

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