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Colchester arenas uniting forces; ice time can be booked on-line

The West Colchester United Arena, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, and the North Shore Recreation Centre have recently joined forces to become the Colchester Recreation Facilities Association (CRFA) (, formerly the Colchester Arenas Association. With a new name comes a new look, new website complete with online booking system, new programming, and exciting new event options.

In response to declining ice-hockey rentals, decreased usage, and the perceived lost relevance of rural arenas, an innovative approach to co-promote and work together to showcase the many and diverse offerings is at the forefront of the rebrand, as all involved strive to better their facilities and fully engage their communities.

One of the most exciting new changes coming out of the CRFA’s joint efforts is the development of a new website, which includes an impressive and easy-to-use online booking system where users and community residents can hop on to see what time slots are available and book on the spot. ‘’In today’s online world, bringing rural arenas in-line with user friendly technology is crucial to their sustainability,’’ says Craig Burgess, Manager of Recreation Services for Colchester County, ‘’we are very excited about this new sense of cohesion and co- promotion opportunity.’’

In addition to making facilities, programs, and events more accessible to the surrounding communities, the CRFA members are asking all stakeholders, user groups and others to share thoughts regarding ideas or suggestions they have in terms of bettering their offerings, increasing usage and bringing new life into the facilities. ‘’All three facilities also welcome any individuals who may be interested in becoming a Board Member, or who may wish to offer assistance as a volunteer, even if only once a year for a special event, for example,’’ says Burgess, noting volunteer time is a precious commodity.

Where community engagement is an important piece of the puzzle and necessary in moving forward, Langille & Colburne, the local consulting company hired to facilitate the CRFA rebrand will be conducting informal community engagement sessions throughout the region in the coming weeks. Anyone with input is encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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