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City hits milestone on ‘sparkling’ $50M South Burnaby arena

The Rosemary Brown arena is expected to be done in 2022
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The roof is taking shape at the new Rosemary Brown arena in Burnaby.

The City of Burnaby is inching closer to finishing the new ice arena that Mayor Mike Hurley promised to residents in the southern part of the city.

The $50-million project now has a large chunk of the roof completed.

“Roofing is progressing nicely on the city's sparkling new arena, set to open in late 2022,” reads a city tweet. “Named after politician and social justice champion Rosemary Brown, this ... arena will feature two NHL ice rinks with 400 spectator seats.”

The 8,500 sq. m (92,000 sq. ft.) arena will accommodate ice sports as well as lacrosse, ball hockey, inline hockey, community events and city-run programs.

Located at 10th Ave and 18th St, the facility will also include:

  • a skate shop
  • a concession
  • meeting and multi-purpose rooms
  • warm-side arena viewing
  • an outdoor rooftop patio
  • universal gender neutral washrooms

“Sustainable design features and water conservation strategies will help minimize the Rosemary Brown Arena’s environmental footprint,” says a post on the city’s website. “The arena roofs will feature north-facing windows to provide natural light and a feeling of connection to the outside.”

Electric vehicle charging stalls and parking for bicycles will also be available for visitors.

Construction of the Rosemary Brown Arena is anticipated to be complete in 2022.

Funding for the $50 million facility comes from the City’s Community Benefit Bonus Fund.