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March 23, 2017

Construction Update:

The new arena is now fully enclosed with the insulated metal panels installed, exterior doors in place, and the roof deck complete.  The contractor continues to work on the roof.

Inside the building, work has begun on the wood ceiling which will feature spruce, pine and fir boards over the open web steel joists.   The block work is complete and hand railings are 90 per cent complete.  The drywall work and painting are underway.    

The electrical, plumbing, mechanical and refrigeration equipment installation continues.  Major air handling and refrigeration equipment is on site and being installed, including the ice plant compressors.

Arena 1 Demolition:

The contractor will begin the process of demolishing Arena 1 and the lobby on Tuesday, April 11.  The contractor will begin by undertaking hazardous material abatement which is expected to take a number of weeks before they begin demolition. 

In addition to the demolition, a number of mechanical, electrical, IT, and refrigeration systems will need to be relocated or installed to ensure that Arena 2 continues to operate without service interruption.

Schedule and Budget:

The project continues to be on schedule for completion by September 2017 and on budget for $20.6 million.  Close to $4.2 million has been spent to date on local contractors and suppliers on the project. This project is a joint initiative of the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and City of Quesnel under the CRD’s North Cariboo Recreation and Parks function.


Time is running out if you want to sponsor a seat or be a part of the mural project before the facility opens.  In order to ensure your donation is recognized when the facility opens in September, donations must be made before June 30.   If you haven’t sponsored a seat or made a donation to the project, contact the fundraising coordinator by email at: arenaproject@quesnel.ca.

Grand Opening:

The Official Opening of the West Fraser Centre is planned for the weekend of September 16 & 17.  Planning for the event is underway. 

Final Skate:

A final FREE public skate will be held in Arena 1 on Sunday, March 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Come out for a nostalgic evening of fun for the whole family.  There will be hot chocolate, cake, music and a chance to share your memories of the ‘old barn’.


Schedule - November 2016

Arena Drawings - June 2016

Frequently Asked Questions - May 23

News Releases specific to the project

North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project Construction Contract - March 29, 2016

General Contractor Selected to Build the West Fraser Centre - January 27, 2016

North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project Open House - September 21, 2015

North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project Drawings Finalized - April 15, 2015

Next Steps for the North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project - February 18, 2015

West Fraser Centre Update - December 19, 2014

North Cariboo arena project pleased to announce corporate support - November 24, 2014

North Cariboo Arena Project named "West Fraser Centre" - October 7, 2014

CEI Architecture Named Prime Consultant for North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project - June 27, 2014

North Cariboo Arena Replacement Referendum Results Now Official - June 18, 2014

$7 million secured for the North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project - June 2, 2014

CEI Retained for Pre-referendum Design of Arena Replacement Project - May 6, 2014

North Cariboo Arena Replacement Referendum June 14 - April 25, 2014

North Cariboo recreation public meetings announced - February 19, 2014

North Cariboo Joint Committee Releases Recreation Survey Results - January 17, 2014
Community Survey Results Summary
Recreation Telephone Survey - Household Tabular Results
Gender Tabular Results
Other Reponses

If you would like more information on the governance of the North Cariboo Recreation and Parks function, please visit www.quesnel.ca/NCRP.html

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