Arena Site Update

April 2019

The Fairview Arena is a hot topic in the neighbourhood given the City’s recent decision to not rebuild.  The decision is disappointing to many people both in and outside of Fairview.  The decision for the Fairview Community Association to no longer manage and operate the facility was made over a decade ago, but there are many Fairview residents who grew up in the neighbourhood, and are now raising families in the neighbourhood; they have great memories of the facility.  Many long term residents have an important connection to the facility that they fundraised for and volunteered in.  And of course there are lots of hockey families in Fairview.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding their decision, the City has recommended that residents reach out to 311 so we do encourage you to share your thoughts more directly there to ensure your voice is heard by the right people.

 

Now that we know the arena won’t be replaced, there will be some leg work for the City to get ready to engage those who will have important input.  To get ready for those conversations, the City will review information and research already accumulated and create an engagement plan to allow them to gather any additional information needed make the best decision.  Both current leaseholders (Indefinite Arts and SAWHA) have leases that are ongoing, and we look forward to working closely with them as they move forward.  The City believes that by working with community residents and partners, a strong option for use of the site can be developed that will benefit the residents of Fairview and contribute to an exciting and vibrant neighbourhood.  The FCA knows that many of our residents are interested in the opportunity to provide input into use of the space for a wide range of possible purposes.  The FCA is excited to begin the work with the City to engage our residents in the brainstorming and decision-making process in revitalizing the space.

 

The engagement plan outlining how and when the community and partners will be engaged is still under development so those details aren’t yet available. We will move as quickly as possible and opportunities for input and engagement will be broadly communicated as details become available.