The Richcraft Sensplex officially opened Thursday, giving residents in the east end a new place to lace up the blades.
The Ottawa Senators' Cyril Leeder. (Photo by Joël Côté-Cright)
The $26-million complex on Shefford Road is owned and operated by Ottawa Community Ice Partners (OCIP), a non-profit group made up of representatives from Senators Sports & Entertainment, developers Morley Hoppner, Ottawa Senators Alumni and other community members.
Richcraft Homes is teaming up with OCIP to sponsor the four-pad ice surface complex.
“We are proud to have developed residential homes that enhance the lives of many Ottawa families,” Richcraft president Kris Singhal said in a statement. “Our sponsorship of this Sensplex and the Kanata Recreation Centre furthers our commitment to contribute to the quality of life in these communities.”
“The opening of the Richcraft Sensplex is important to Eugene, the Senators and for this community,” Senators Sports & Entertainment president Cyril Leeder said in a statement. “This new complex exemplifies our long-term commitment of giving back to the region by building skating facilities that will benefit all Ottawa residents and their families, but most importantly, our youth.”
Coun. Mark Taylor, chair of the community and protective services committee, said the city will now be able to buy 2,277 hours of ice time a year. The ice time will be rented to the community at city rates, meeting the growing demand in the east end.
Mayor Jim Watson said the complex would bring economic benefit to the community as well.
“This new facility has the capacity to host events and tournaments that may not have been possible in the past,” he said in a statement.