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Taylor planning to reopen arena in September

So far, the reopening of Taylor’s recreation facilities has gone as well as could be expected.
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North Peace Eagles’ Emma Tranminh tries to score from behind the net on Taylor Falcons goalie Alicia Wowchuk during a Peace Country Female Hockey League pre-season game October 6, 2019 at the Taylor Arena.

So far, the reopening of Taylor’s recreation facilities has gone as well as could be expected. The Lone Wolf Golf Club is teeing off on all cylinders, hosting 104 golfers for its Lone Wolf Classic last weekend, and the ball diamonds are open for use by the Taylor Mixed Slow Pitch League. Unless things take a turn for the worse with COVID-19, the District of Taylor is planning to go ahead with reopening the Taylor Arena in mid-to-late-September.

“We don’t have a date set yet, but the budget is there and the workers are there and our plan is to go ahead for September,” said Mayor Rob Fraser. “We still have lots to do before it’s safe.”

The district is waiting on return-to-play plans from Taylor Minor Hockey and the Peace Passage Figure Skating Club before anything is finalized. Fraser said the district will still have to listen to whatever the province says in regards to social distancing measures and mass gathering limits.

Fraser said the arena would usually open with ice installed near the start of September.

“We’ve been looking at any plan the sports organizations put together. We looked at the slow pitch one and reviewed it and gave the OK to play ball, and we did the same thing with pickleball,” Fraser said. “If it fits the provincial guidelines and it’s safe then we’re open to the facilities being used. There’s nothing we can’t do if we all do it together.” 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca