FEBRUARY 1st 2016 HALTON HILLS, ON – The newly expanded Acton Arena was officially re-opened on Saturday in a public celebration that recognized the successful completion of the facility.
The community was excited to see the additional NHL-size ice pad, open lobby viewing area, multi-purpose room and a new elevator to access the second floor viewing areas of both rinks in the facility.
“The official opening of the expanded facility was a success on all levels. The countless smiles and overall enthusiasm of everyone who came through the doors was unbelievable,” said Mayor Bonnette, “This is a proud day for the Town of Halton Hills!”
Councillor Bryan Lewis, honourary chair of the Stay at Home and Play campaign, launched the official ribbon cutting ceremony by saying, “this is a very exciting day for our community and a long time in the making. It was wonderful to see businesses from across Halton Hills coming forward with significant contributions. We can now stay in Town and use our own facilities.”
The hundreds of community members that came through the doors is a testament to the success of the facility renovation. Mayor Bonnette added this project, “was driven and supported by the community and will be highly utilized by the community. It begins today, but we will enjoy this facility for decades to come.”
Mayor Bonnette expressed his appreciation to the people behind the Stay Home and Play Capital Campaign and their tremendous fundraising efforts.
Steve Highfield of the Halton Hills Arena User Group (HHAUG) shared the excitement on behalf of all user groups that comprise the HHAUG and their appreciation for the commitment and support of all donors. “We are very excited and wish to acknowledge, not only the great work of the Stay Home and Play leadership team, but more importantly – our donors and supporters in assisting with contributions in excess of $1.9 million.”
In addition to the community celebration, Mayor Bonnette and members of Council hosted a Donor Recognition Reception to celebrate the contributions of more than 55 individuals and groups. It was announced Saturday that ice pad donor Dufferin Aggregates, a member of CRH Canada Group Inc., has decided that instead of naming the pad after their company, they have put the challenge out to the Halton Hills community and have launched an Ice Pad Naming Contest. Residents have the opportunity to name both of the ice pads at the Acton Arena and Community Centre. Visit haltonhills.ca to submit your idea for one of the ice pads – we look forward to hearing all of your unique and creative ideas in the coming weeks. Contest winners will take home a new iPad mini.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.