The City of Humboldt is reaching out to community members, local and regional organizations and stakeholders to support looking into a second indoor ice surface for the city and the region. It has launched a survey to determine the impact a second surface would have. More specifically, it is looking at the upshot of the lack of ice surface on existing teams, recreation prospects and regional economics.  

A social media release from the City notes that the survey was spawned by a resolution passed by Council at its October 2024 meeting. The motion acknowledged that the City “is currently unable to meet the existing and growing demand for use of the Elgar Petersen Arena.” 

The motion further stated, “That administration be authorized to proceed with stakeholder engagement and the design of a second ice surface for the community." 

Now it’s up to regional residents and interested organizations to help determine how the Elgar Petersen Arena is currently used and what impacts the lack of ice time has on community and local organizations. One of the expressed concerns involved the challenges of introducing new sports such as broomball or ringette with the facility already under heavy use.  

According to the release, the idea is to take the data, along with other stakeholder engagement exercises to help understand the needs of the region and help in the design phase of a second indoor ice surface. 

To participate in the survey, click on the survey link, and for more information, contact the City of Humboldt Community and Leisure Services Department.