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NOHFC, mining companies step up for upgrades at The Barn

The refrigeration equipment at the South Porcupine arena is being replaced, and renovations are in store for the locker rooms and washrooms

South Porcupine's beloved arena is getting an upgrade.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is giving the South Porcupine Arena Association $330,000 for upgrades to the Carlo Cattarello Arena (The Barn). The cash covers 50 per cent of the arena upgrades. To cover the rest, Newmont Porcupine, Pan American Silver, Agnico Eale and IAM Gold are each contributing $75,000,

"This arena is close to the hearts of so many people in our community and is the place most of us learned how to skate or play hockey,” said Timmins MPP George Pirie in a news release.

“I also want to thank mining companies in  the region for partnering to make this project possible. Together, we are ensuring the  community stays active and can spend quality time together doing the things we love in  a safe and reliable venue for years to come.” 

The money will be used to replace the refrigeration equipment — including two compressors, one condenser and two dehumidifiers — and renovate the locker rooms and washrooms in the basement. 

“We are thankful to the NOHFC for their funding support towards the Carlo Cattarello  Arena that will help us with upgrades to our facility,” said Burt St. Amour, manager of the Carlo  Cattarello Arena. “The arena holds a special place in the hearts of our community, and the impact will be felt for years to come.”