Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have agreed a plan to carry out £500,000-worth of repairs to Lee Valley Ice Centre.
The repairs will close the facility from 12th July to 4th September. They’ve been planned for the venue’s quietest period and include the construction of a new ice pad – the actual skating surface, a new cooling system and a new rink barrier.
NIHL South clubs Lee Valley Lions and London Raiders both use the facility which will undergo repairs designed to keep it fully functioning until a decision is made on the feasibility of a twin ice rink on the existing site.
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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive Shaun Dawson said: “This repair work at Lee Valley Ice Centre is essential to safeguard the 32-year-old venue for the next two years while we continue to work on its long term replacement.
“The repairs will unfortunately mean that Lee Valley Ice Centre will close for eight weeks, but we have planned the work for the venue’s quietest time to minimise the number of people inconvenienced.
“The work will replace the equipment and plant which are most at risk of breaking down. By doing this we hope to prevent a major unplanned closure which could last for at least 20 weeks.
“The Authority recognises that some skaters will be impacted by the venue’s temporary closure however, we are wholly committed to supporting those most affected.
“We have been consulting with our staff and coaches who work at the centre and will be communicating with our regular visitors and the community to make sure they know of the works.
“The repairs will create a new first rate ice skating surface and will be completed as quickly as possible.
“The method we are using means everything we are installing can be reused in any potential temporary or permanent venue providing value for money for the current ice centre and any future venue.”