To mark the end of the ice sport season, the Bentley Arena will be hosting an Arena Meltdown to say goodbye to winter. On Sunday, March 26 will be the last day that the Bentley Arena is open until next winter.
“We thought it would be special for people to come out on a Sunday afternoon and spend time with the family and now that hockey's pretty much all wrapped up and say goodbye to winter, hello to spring,” said Graham Parsons, Bentley Arena Manager.
Families can take part in a free family skate 1:00-2:30PM and ice painting from 2:30-3:30PM. Prizes will be given to the best artists.
“It's open to anybody who wants to paint what they want on the ice before we melt it away... We will have all the supplies, although people can bring what they want if they want to make it a special art display, they can. They know how to do it we just need water soluble paint so it doesn't gum the machine up when we do take the ice out,” said Parsons
Families will even have the opportunity to grab a get some delicious home cooking.
“We have some prizes for first, second, and third for the art displays. We have music all day during the skate and the concession will be open and it's offering a special turkey dinner,” added parsons.
Those plates of food will costs $7-$12 depending on the size of the meal.
Overall, Parsons is happy to wrap up another successful season and is happy to see the arena still see support from the local community.
“We have some issues that the town and the county are working feverishly on [and] some grant money to do some upgrades for our floor. I mean, it's still going full and our minor hockey is flourishing and we have pretty good usage for a for a small-town arena. We're utilized by our AA hub and different other groups such as the Wildcats, which is our regional female. We're in a good place,” explained Parsons.
The Bentley Arena is located on 5218 50 Street and you can take part in Meltdown activities from 1-3:30 on Sunday, March 26.