Brock Street Barn also in line for a new roof

Sarnia ArenaSarnia Arena

Journal Staff

More improvements are on the way for the ‘Brock Street Barn.’

The Sarnia Arena is getting a new roof in addition to the more than $1.5 million in renovations and upgrades announced earlier this year.

Accent Roofing and Siding will replace the flat roof, which is past its life cycle, at a cost of $226,000.

The improvements come on the heels of an ambitious plan presented to city council on Feb. 6.

Rob Harwood, the city’s director of parks and recreation, said the federal government has offered a $500,000 ‘Canada 150′ grant for the project. But in order to obtain the federal money council must match that total, and another half million dollars must be raised from the community at large.

The plan calls for dramatic improvements to the PA system, lighting, heating, concession stands, washrooms, facade and main entrance.

The Sarnia Arena was built with volunteer labour in the 1940s after five local service clubs and hundreds of ordinary people donated $250,000 for the project.