rink2The Rod Brind’Amour Arena (rink 1) is part of the original foundation of the Strathcona Gardens facility being the first component to be built in 1971-72. In 1995-96, a second ice rink and the leisure ice were added. Both are popular with recreational hockey leagues and learn to skate programs. Rink 1 is host to the Campbell River Storm.

Arenas – Needs Assessment Findings and Public Input

The 2015 Needs Assessment study found that ice and/or dry floor (ice out) activities, programs and events generated the second highest usage of the facility following aquatics. The survey found that 40 per cent of Area D households and 43 per cent of Campbell River households participated in at least one arena activity, program or event over the last year.

Leisure ice skating is the most popular use of the arena among survey participants. Also very popular are watching minor hockey games and drop-in ice programs. 

Public feedback noted that in relation to the arena facilities, users are most satisfied with:

  • Preschool or parent and tot programs such as skating or hockey program or camps, floor hockey
  • Leisure skating or drop-in hockey
  • Ease of access to rink 1 and 2
  • Cleanliness of rink 2
  • Quality of ice
  • New lighting and score clocks in rink 1
  • Reasonable hourly rental rates
  • Good hockey programs
  • Size of rink 2 dressing rooms is adequate

The following concerns and arena improvements were identified by the public:

  • General maintenance is poor – this has been addressed over the last year
  • Communication between staff and patrons
  • Low water pressure and cold water in showers (both rinks)
  • Spectator seating in rink 1 – uncomfortable and dangerous
  • Dressing rooms and washrooms in rink 1 – tiny and poor condition
  • Sound system does not work properly in either rink
  • Need more storage areas
  • Poor lighting on rink 2
  • Heated viewing area open to public
  • Skating club needs more space
  • Leisure rink too small


Arenas – Proposed Improvements 

In response to public comments and a review of trends in recreational facilities, the concept plan proposes the following improvements:

  • Arena #1 rebuilding: build a new long-span structure over the existing ice slab
  • Build four new team rooms for arena #1 and renovate change rooms for arena #2
  • New ancillary rooms, i.e. first aid, referee rooms
  • Add new seating and increase/expand the seating count with the possibility of creating bucket seats and a more optimal seating arrangement
  • Redesign the entryway for arena #1 to act as a combined multi-purpose space and lobby extension