Community Celebrates Official Opening of Petro-Canada Ice Centre
PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) - The City of Port Moody, Petro-Canada and federal and provincial representatives celebrated the grand opening of the new Petro-Canada Ice Centre.
"This is an exciting time for the city of Port Moody," said Mayor Joe Trasolini. "The Petro-Canada Ice Centre will no doubt become the heart of our community, especially as the momentum for winter sport continues to grow from here through to 2010."
This state-of-the-art facility features two ice rinks, including a fully-accessible, international-size arena. The Ice Centre is funded in part through a donation valued at $800,000 from Petro-Canada and a $2 million Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure Grant.
James Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, agreed with Mayor Trasolini on the importance of the new infrastructure. "This facility will enhance community activities and services and may provide opportunities leading up to the Games in 2010," he said. "This investment is just one example of the way we're delivering on our promise to make Canada's communities vibrant and productive places to live, work and raise families."
"It's exciting to see a development like this one compliment the growth of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities," said MLA Iain Black. "Perhaps more than most cities, we regularly celebrate arts, culture and recreation as being integral to creating healthy communities. This new arena will enable our families, including my own, to continue enjoying skating, hockey, curling and other events in a world-class facility in our own back yard.
Horace Armoogum, Manager of Petro-Canada's Burrard Terminal, was also on-site for today's special celebration. "Petro-Canada has been a long-standing neighbour in Port Moody and we are excited to play a part in making this new facility available for all community members to enjoy."
The Petro-Canada Ice Centre is the first portion of Port Moody's $26.2 million recreation centre renovation and expansion project. The Port Moody Spirit of B.C. Community Committee is developing relationships with cultural and sport organizations in an effort to maximize the benefits of the facility. The City is also exploring opportunities for the arena as a training facility for teams as they prepare for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
About the City of Port Moody
Port Moody is a thriving and vibrant community of 30,000 located on Burrard Inlet in British Columbia's Lower Mainland. Port Moody's 27 kilometres of shoreline and pristine mountain backdrop offer the city's residents and visitors a direct connection to the area's natural environment. Traditional port industries balance the city's new service-based economy. Port Moody leads with initiatives such as a pesticide restriction bylaw and award-winning planning practices. Port Moody, known as City of the Arts, is alive with many annual festivals, events, cultural activities and recreational opportunities.
Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy resources and providing world class petroleum products and services. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Petro-Canada's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol PCZ.
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Veronica Curtis, Corporate Communications
CITY OF PORT MOODY
Barb Pocock, Communications Advisor
City of Port Moody
IAIN BLACK, MLA
David Greer, Public Affairs Officer
Economic Development Communications Office
JAMES MOORE, MP
Karl Yeh, Communications Officer, Consultations,
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Western Economic Diversification Canada