The Bon Accord arena could use an upgrade.
 
Having been built 48 years ago, the arena has been used for many different community sports over the years, as well as hosting events like the Harvest Days festival. It is also the back-up space for Canada Day if there is rain.
 
"It's been used for many different things over the years," said Andrea Owen with parks and recreation.
 
According to Owen, the arena is in need of a new ice plant to make the rink. This is a fairly common problem for many rural arenas, as the equipment is expensive and doesn't have a long lifespan.
 
"Having a new plant with better efficiency would allow us to extend our season and make a little more money for the town."
 
Parts of the building are also showing their age, especially the painted concrete walls and the wooden boards. Owen added that they would also like to replace the wooden bleachers and fix the roof, which occasionally leaks.
 
The Bon Accord Arena is currently one of the nominated arenas for the Kraft Hockeyville contest. The winner will receive $250,000 in arena upgrades, with the three runner-ups getting $25,000 each.
 
"If this amount of money could keep the arena open and flourishing and going for many more years, then this would be beyond helpful."
 
In order to proceed to the next level of the competition, the arena needs to get community support. People can help push it to the next level here.
 
The nomination period ends on Feb.14 and then the contest will enter the judging period.
 
Following a few more stages of the competition, the winning arena will be announced on Apr.10.
 
The Bon Accord Arena. Photo supplied.