Take home a piece of history from the Red Deer Arena garage sale today. Any proceeds will go towards the construction of the new downtown arena.

Take home a piece of history from the Red Deer Arena garage sale today. Any proceeds will go towards the construction of the new downtown arena.

Arena garage sale today

Take home a piece of history from the Red Deer Arena garage sale today.

Take home a piece of history from the Red Deer Arena garage sale today.

Items that have not been repurposed, such as the bench seating, will be available for purchase at the arena (4725D 43 Street) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Barb McKee, the city’s Recreation Superintendent, said many items have been moved to other city facilities, repurposed or sold to other Central Alberta municipalities.

“We spent a lot of time to make sure everything that we are decommissioning out of the rink finds a new home,” she said. “What’s left over is stuff that other municipalities or other departments within the city do not have a use for. That could be old desks or the rink board glass or some of the planking for the benches would be available.”

It could be simple things like old mop buckets to bulletin boards that are as old as the facility, said McKee.

The city will use the elevator, for example, in a new facility. McKee said the city has also found use for the 17 home-style furnaces that used to heat the building.

“Some of them are very old and need to go,” said McKee. “Some of them are relatively new and we are going to re-purpose them in the activity centres around Red Deer that have some older equipment. The score clock has come down and we’re looking at a way to maybe reuse it in the new arena.”

Large items, including ice making equipment and the score clock, will be up for auction online and details provided after the sale.

Any proceeds will go towards the construction of the new downtown arena.

The site will be turned over to a contractor for decommission in the next two weeks.

Set to open in 2018, the new downtown arena, will offer gathering spaces and an indoor walking track for the community.

The new facility is also being designed to meet energy and environmental standards for a greener and more efficient operation.

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