Shoal Lake, MB (CKLQ) - A $541,000 project is underway at the Shoal Lake Communiplex.
Two dressing rooms are being added to the north side of the community centre, which houses a hockey rink and a curling club.
Mayor of the RM of Yellowhead, Don Yanick says the dressing rooms are expected to add more space for the hockey teams that already play out of the rink, and the will the arena more rooms to use when hosting tournaments.
The arena is currently home to the Yellowhead Chiefs midget and bantam teams.
Yanick says the expansion could provide options for other teams hoping to use the Communiplex as their home arena.
"Shoal Lake is in a very central location," said Yanick. "I think there would be a lot of teams in the area wanting to use our rink to play."
The project has been around ten years in making, according to Yanick.
He says the reason for the long wait, was because the price tag for the project was a lot higher than they imagined.
"The arena cost $1.2 million when it was built in 1980," said Yanick. "We were surprised that the cost for two rooms would be nearly half of that original cost."
The project is being paid off evenly in three ways, by the federal, provincial and municipal government.
Yanick says most of the municipal government money came from fundraising campaigns over the years.
"In a small community, it is important to have resources for these local teams," said Yanick. "That's why I'm glad we raised the money throughout the community."
The dressing rooms are expected to be completed and open up in the month of October, just in time for the start of the new hockey season.