Westmount underground skating rink: first in the world
Westmount inaugurated their new sports and recreational centre Thursday afternoon. It is home to the only two underground skating rinks in the world.
“The rink is 30 feet underground, which means it is always 15 degrees in the summer and in the winter, so we will never need air conditioning and making ice is much cheaper,” Peter Trent, Westmount Mayor, told CJAD.
The centre will also recycle the heat used to make hot water for the ice to heat the pools as well.
One and a half acres of land was created above the rinks, where a park with two universally accessible pools, tennis courts and a restaurant will sit.
“We have been living in Westmount for many generations,” Geoff Molson, the President of the Montreal Canadians and the Chair of the WRC Fundraising Campaign, told CJAD. “And this is where the Montreal Canadians won their first Stanley Cup so this project is very important to us.”
The total cost for the project was $40 million; $20 million was paid for by provincial and federal grants and $6 million was covered by donations.
Westmount taxpayers will pay for the remaining amount in the form of a two percent increase on their annual tax bill for the next ten years.
The rinks will be open to the public as of October and the pools will be ready for next summer.
The whole centre is certified LEED gold.