New arena to open early next month

Raissa Tetanish
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No date set for opening of pool, rock climbing wall at RECC

TRURO – The end is finally near.

Jim Lambert, general manager of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, stands on the walking track inside the Community Credit Union Arena that is set to open on March 2. The Truro Bearcats will play their final three home games of the regular season on the new ice surface.

The opening date of the Community Credit Union Arena at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) has been confirmed.

The arena will open on March 2 for the Truro Bearcats Maritime Junior Hockey League game against the Metro Shipbuilders.

“We’ve said from early on there would be a staggered opening, and that’s going to continue to be the case,” said Kathy Sutherland, marketing and public relations co-ordinator for the RECC. “The opening of the Community Credit Union Arena will also include the walking and jogging track, as well as our meeting rooms.”

The $48-million centre was originally to open in September, but that was pushed back to October, November and again to the winter. The delays were for various reasons, including problems with paint adhering to factory-applied primer on the beams in the arena.

“We are absolutely excited,” said Sutherland of the confirmed opening of the arena. “We can’t wait for the community to see inside. We know it’s great and want the community to see that as well.”

While the arena is scheduled to open the first weekend of March, the fitness centre won’t open until March 11. No date has yet been set for the pool and rock climbing wall.

“It won’t be too late after that,” said Sutherland about the pool’s opening.

It was rumoured a leak in the pool caused delays to that portion of the centre, however, that isn’t the case, said general manager Jim Lambert.

“There actually has been no water in the pool,” he said, also adding there is no real hold up to the pool.

“We had identified early in the project that we’d have a staggered opening, so we were focusing on ‘A’ before turning our focus to ‘B.’”

Having two pools in the aquatic centre, they will both have different water temperatures. The lap pool will see temperatures between 80 and 81 F, while the leisure pool will be between 82 and 84.

With the arena opening on March 2, residents of the community can start purchasing memberships on March 4.

Nevin Jackson, operations board chairman, couldn’t be happier the opening day is soon to arrive.

“It should be an amazing and exciting day and we’re hoping everyone from the community comes out to help celebrate it,” Jackson said.

“Of the people that have already been in the centre, most of them are saying that it is at the top of its kind for the province.”

Jackson noted the community’s patience when it came to the delays in the centre, however, he said they were in the hands of the construction crews.

“We wanted to make sure that when the centre opens, it opens with few discrepancies,” he said.


Pricing information for the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (one year duration):

Aquatic centre:

-      Adult: $399

-      Senior (60+) and student/youth: $349

-      Family of four: $799

-      Family add-on: $199

Fitness centre (walking track included):

-      Adult: $579

-      Senior and student/youth: $529

Walking track:

-      Adult: $199

-      Senior and student/youth: $149

-      Family of four: $399

Full membership:

-      Adult: $749

-      Senior and student/youth: $699

-      Family of four: $1,299

-      Family add-on: $329

*1 and 3 month memberships are available; an hour of ice rental is set at $195

For more information on memberships, such as what is included in the memberships, call 893-2224, or email

Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Community Credit Union Arena, Truro Bearcats Maritime Junior Hockey League Metro Shipbuilders

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Recent comments

  • james
    February 18, 2013 - 16:22

    still hate the name and what not but all of you people complaining need to stop. the prices are what there are so they can make the money back and cover operational costs. and the people who think driving to pictou to go to a wellness center there could cost you upwards of 30 40 or more dollars a trip thereand back. it will cost you more to do that than to get a membership at the civic center. like really all i ever see around truro is people complaining non stop. and the price of the ice rink per hour is reasonable considering its a new building and they probably dont want to take money away from the legion stadium.

  • concerned adult
    February 15, 2013 - 11:23

    Wow a 50 buck saving for seniors and youth to become members.......not much incentive to venture out and risk breaking a hip or putting down that xbox controller!! Price setters you should be ashamed!!!

  • Tracy
    February 15, 2013 - 09:24

    I, personally, can't wait for the new center to open and I have to agree with "Joe" when it comes to the negativity of this town. I don't believe the prices to be that outrageous if you take the time to do the research, and quite frankly, nothing offers near the same options for a center, rock climbing wall, pool, ice surface, walking/running track. And for those willing to drive to other communities to use their facilities, I think you're cutting your nose off to spite your would rather pay the goverment $1.36/litre of gas to get there then put the money back into your community??? really????

  • Rora
    February 14, 2013 - 20:33

    Negative yes – but I also see it as disappointment. Like many, I had hoped membership fees would be cheaper than what other places are charging. I don't blame anyone for wanting to see better prices so they can use the facility that all Colchester County property owners are already paying for. The average income for individual wage-earners in Truro-Colchester is $28,824. This is not affordable for many single and double-income families. It's no different than any other fitness place around here: It's yet another place that the largest portion of Truro's population can't afford to use.

  • Great facility - How do we get people to use it?
    February 14, 2013 - 17:57

    Why not a drop in $1 to $2 "pay if you can" box for the walking track. Its the honour system and works in other facilities in NS. As for the Pictou Co facility, if you don't have a memberhsip, it costs $15 to just go swimming once (price of a day pass), so I don't think going there is a bargain. The overlying problem is that they will try to run it like a business instead of a public service, thus they will be trying to recoup every dollar they can. We have no problem investing in literacy annually by subsidizing libraries, but for some reason our physical health is deemed less a priorty. I feel badly for people who cannot afford to go to this great facility on a regular basis.

  • Kevin
    February 14, 2013 - 14:40

    As a taxpayer not sure if no fees would be so great in the end as would see an even higher tax level that few can afford. Sure no fees if the town was in good enough fiscal shape to offer no fees or if another level of government wanted to encourage fitness but doubt that possibility. Would hope the fees plus other rentals to sports teams might be sufficient to cover operating costs or at least a good part of it. Like many I’m living pay cheque to pay cheque always looking to cut corners, so not keen on anything that could result in a further tax hike beyond often hefty assessment increases. Mostly agree with a user pay fee systems for public entities like this.

  • Joe
    February 14, 2013 - 11:51

    Wow I didn't think I lived in such a negative place. Every single comment here is a negative one. Sick of listing to it. This new center is now the best part of Truro if you ask me. Them prices are cheeper than most places in town now. It's less than $50 per month when others are at least $60. Everyone in this town just loves to find things to complain about. That's why we have so many empty buildings here. All the complainers don't want new things to come to Truro. Just keep it the same. I'm surprised we have asphalt on our roads and not just gravel. Common ppl

    • dave
      February 14, 2013 - 12:50

      a few reasons that more buildings may go empty are 1) a higher tax rate to pay for this 2) tax dollars being used to force private sector providers of the same thing (fitness centres etc) out of business because they cant compete on an uneven playing field

  • Disappointed
    February 14, 2013 - 11:47

    @$199.00 to use the walking track its going to empty most of the time. Should be $50.00'Max. For everybody.

    • flogger
      February 15, 2013 - 09:25

      Can't they just say $200 vs. $199?? Or $400 vs. $399?? When I see this '99' stuff, for some reason I always feel like I'm being conned.

  • scott
    February 14, 2013 - 11:13

    total agree with disappointed resident--Also will drive to New Glasgow to use their wellness centre--total disgrace for the town of truro to try to charge these prices to use the over priced Wellness centre--$200.00 just to walk around a track

  • Do Your Homework
    February 14, 2013 - 09:42

    I heard every other gym in Nova Scotia and Canada are making all their memberships free. I also heard that your going to get everything else free at Access NS because your a tax payer and you deserve this. Do your homework on prices in other places did, and you will find out that were all the same. I also feel that there will be no shortage of people trying to join once the center is open, so for the Disappointed Resident, drive the extra hour a day to Pictou and back, they love to give you that almost free membership your looking for. I think not !!!

    • Sarah
      February 14, 2013 - 19:02

      It's a 30 minute drive to New Glasgow, where the Wellness Centre is located. And it's a beautiful building. Not like the ugly exterior of Truro's. But since gyms are for-profit enterprises, good luck if you think they'll ever go membership free!

  • Geoff Hamlin
    February 13, 2013 - 21:24

    Why would there be any charge to use the walking track, I have never heard of such a charge.

  • Disappointed resident
    February 13, 2013 - 20:31

    I will not be purchasing a membership to this over priced eyesore. Ill drive to the pictou county wellness center instead!

  • Ex-Pat Medic
    February 13, 2013 - 19:22

    It could just be me - and forgive me if this strikes a negative tone - but these prices seem to be out of reach for many families in the area.... Certainly they seem to be higher than those offered by the other facilities that the RECC is "replacing". Thoughts?

  • Charles
    February 13, 2013 - 18:40

    WOW!! Our tax dollar paid for most of this an they are still charging outrageously high prices for memberships. This place will never be self sustaining