Visitors can expect the Keystone Centre to remain a busy place this spring — and not only with the sights and sounds of fairs and agricultural events but also hammers and saws.
At the most recent Keystone Centre board meeting, directors discussed the ongoing repairs and renovations to existing facilities.
“We’re optimistic that most of the work will be completed by the end of March,” Keystone Centre general manager Neil Thomson said.
Work includes new lighting in Westman Place, a new folding partition wall in the Convention Hall, new tile and bathrooms in the concourse, a new digital sign, upgrades to the washrooms in Westman Place, a new compressor for one of the ice plants and dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from the building.
“It’s a combination of little things that we needed to address, but it adds up to a lot,” Thomson said.
Some of the items were projects the management group had hoped to complete in the lead up to the Memorial Cup, but were put on the back burner after funds were diverted to projects that took priority.
Although the work will be ongoing, Thomson said it shouldn’t affect the day-to-day business of the centre.
“We’re trying to work around it and it’s been a challenge for our staff and the contractors,” Thomson said.
Another discussion centred on the potential for a new building that could double as a facility for agricultural and athletic groups, Thomson said, and would be built onto the existing centre in the northeast corner.
“It would be an indoor field house that is multi-purpose and can be changed into a barn as well.”
Thomson said he expects the new campground, which had sewer and water plumbing put in prior to frost setting in the ground last year but is waiting on electrical, to be operational by the Manitoba Summer Fair.
“It’s a resource to help attract other ag events and provide a service for our existing events,” Thomson said.
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