Bayfield Arena Working Committee discussion, News (BCH Ice Dogs Minor Hockey)

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Bayfield Arena Working Committee discussion
Submitted By Admin on Sat 12 07, 13
BCH presented ideas for consideration on the future of the Bayfield Arena on December 5th along with several other ice users.

Coverage can be found on both Blackburn News and The Beach

As reported by The Beach a very thought provoking letter was presented on behalf of the figure skating club, who also happens to be a member of our girls hockey program... 

The very well written letter will be included in public meeting minutes, but stated:

December 4, 2013


Dear Bluewater Council Members,

     My name is Marlese Coombs and I have been a member of the Bayfield Skating Club for eleven years.  The Bayfield arena has been my second home.  When I saw the words “Thanks for the memories” painted on the ice it broke my heart.  Over the years I have built memories and made lifelong friendships.   An arena is a centre of a community. You not only skate with people your own age but you skate with younger and older people! That has had a real impact on me, I was able to skate with my cousin who is seven years older then me.  My cousin is a best friend, and role model, because of the Bayfield figure skating club I was able to make a lasting bond with her. That is the great thing about having a small club you can make friendships.

     I spend 5 maybe 6 days a week on the ice, I play hockey and I figure skate. I have been to a lot of arenas and none of those fancy new arenas compare to the Bayfield arena. The Bayfield arena to me just feels like going home. The ice surface is so crisp, I don’t even know any other word to describe it but perfect.  Forget the dressing rooms, forget all of the fancy little things, just think about the ice. The smooth, crisp, hard ice of the Bayfield arena.

    Thanks to the skating club I have learned so many life skills and lessons. I learned how to teach kids, and how to be enthusiastic even if you don’t feel like it. I learned how to get along with everyone, and how to be more coachable in any sport. But most of all I learned no matter hard things get you have to keep trying, no matter how many times you get pushed down you have to stand back up and keep trying. That is why I feel an ice surface needs to stay in our community because I want those little skaters on the ice that the other girls and I help to coach to have the same opportunities we have had. I want them to be able to meet different people in their own community, not someone else’s community. Thanks to these life lessons I know that no matter how many times we are pushed down we will continue to try. Figure skating is a passion not just a sport.  I know to you it is just an ice surface but for me it is where I have grown up.


Marlese Coombs

The ice user meeting followed a meeting of the community organizations held on the afternoon of December 5th, which brought forward many good ideas for possibilities for the future.  In order to try and get public opinion in a public forum, the Bayfield Lions have developed a blog for making public comment on the project.  We would encourage positive feedback to be included from any families that want to have their voice heard.

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