City purchases Richmond Ice Centre
Deal strengthens long term access to recreational facility
23 October 2019
The Richmond Ice Centre is now owned by the City of Richmond in a deal that will ensure long term access to the arena and give City residents another community recreation asset.
Part of the Riverport Sports and Entertainment complex, the Richmond Ice Centre opened in 1994 and has six regulation size ice rinks. It is home to Richmond Jets Minor Hockey, Richmond Ringette, Richmond Ravens, Connaught Skating Club, and Coast Hockey and offers year round skating and lessons, as well as dry floor rink access and tournament capacity for up to 50 teams.
Until now, the centre was privately owned, with the City paying annual lease costs – funds that will now assist in supporting much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the facility and allow it to operate for several more decades.
The City will work closely with the Richmond Arenas Community Association and user groups to identify priority areas for upgrades, and opportunities to enhance the functionality of the Richmond Ice Centre. It will bring the number of city-owned ice sheets to ten, complementing the two at Minoru Arena and two at the Richmond Olympic Oval.