Thursday, November 13, 2014

New flex change rooms for City-operated arenas

UPDATED November 17, 2014

In 2013, City-operated arenas saw more than 40,000 hours of ice time with hockey accounting for more than 70 per cent of all bookings. Built mostly in the 1960s and 70s, these arenas have long been an important part of the amateur hockey scene in Calgary.

2014 saw an eight per cent increase in enrolment
 for women and girls’ hockey in Calgary.
With the increase in the number of female hockey players, there is a need for new amenities to accommodate co-ed and female teams. Recognizing this need, we've now incorporated plans to upgrade existing change rooms or add additional "flex change rooms" to our list of upgrades at City-operated arenas.

A flex change room is versatile enough to accommodate many sports and host athletes of all genders at different times. For example, a flex change room, which has amenities for all genders, can be used by a female sports team in the afternoon and a male sports team later the same evening. By design, they are smaller than typical locker rooms, which also makes them ideal for facilities where availability of space is an issue.

“There are more than 1,100 girls playing hockey in Calgary and more than half of them play in the men’s stream,” says Kevin Kobelka, executive director for Hockey Calgary.

More flex change rooms on the way

Two flex change rooms were added at Ernie Starr Arena in 2013. Rose Kohn Arena received additional flex change rooms earlier this year. Work is currently underway to add a flex change room at Shouldice Arena.

“When you have men and women playing together on a team, one change room is insufficient. It’s a long road ahead but we’re making it a priority to include these amenities as part of future enhancements,” says Thomas Hansen, manager of Capital and Asset Management, for The City of Calgary, Recreation .

Upgrades to aging arenas ensure longevity

Existing flex change rooms are also being upgraded at Optimist and Murray Copot Arenas. Village Square Leisure Centre and Stew Hendry arenas will receive new change rooms in 2015, and Frank McCool in 2016.

“Our arenas are aging and there is work to be done to ensure the longevity of these facilities. It’s exciting when the work also responds to a new user dynamic, like more women and girls enjoying Canada’s sport,” says Hansen.

We operate 12 arenas with 19 ice rinks throughout Calgary. These facilities cater to a range of user groups including hockey, ringette, figure skating and broomball.

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Submitted by Jessica Ranger, Recreation

1 comment:

  1. These changes are long overdue! At Shouldice, girls playing on a co-ed team must change in the public washroom. There is nothing quite like trying to change into your protective gear and uniform over a toilet.