Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey (FSMH) is looking for ways to save money.
FSMH vice-president Dale Dach spoke to council, about freezing ice rental fees for the upcoming hockey season on Tuesday (Apr.17).
"I just hope that council takes into consideration that there's families with multiple kids and if they keep increasing the ice fees we have to as Fort Sask Minor Hockey, ringette and figure skating have to increase our costs and that just eliminates kids from playing any type of sport," said Dach.
Minor hockey rents about $400,000 worth of ice time each year, another three per cent increase would cost around $12,000.
In December, council voted to freeze fees for the spring of 2018, but no motion was made for after that.
"We've been pleading with them for the last three, four, even five years to put a freeze on it for a couple years," added Dach. "They're trying to compare our ice rates to Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St Albert, where they have multiple ice surfaces in one area, plus also they have multiple rink staff."
Minor hockey numbers are were down about three per cent in the Fort last year.
Council asked administration to look into this issue and ensured Dach that it would be brought up at a future council meeting.