/Arena construction resumes 
Construction on the new Minden Hills was paused on April 6 amid provincial restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak but with easing of those restrictions construction resumed last week. /CHAD INGRAM Staff

Arena construction resumes 

By Chad Ingram

After being put on pause for a month following restrictions from theprovincial government amid the COVID-19 outbreak construction on Minden Hills’ arena project resumed last week.

“Individuals wishing toaccess the rear of the facility are asked to be mindful of thisincreased activity and to take extra care and precautions when walkingor driving in this area” reads a release from the Township of MindenHills.

The provincial government has been easing restrictions onwhat types of construction projects are permitted during the ongoingCOVID-19 pandemic and this week allowed more businesses to beginoperating by curbside pickup and also reopened provincial parks andconservation reserves for some day uses.

The original constructionschedule for the project – which includes a new arena with six changerooms office space for community services staff and gymnasium withelevated walking track – was to see it completed for the end of thesummer before the 2020/21 ice season. However projections prior to the COVID-19 crisis had been that the facility would be completed in June.With a price tag of nearly $13 million it is the largest capitalproject in the township’s history.