Cobden Arena

  • Location:

    Cobden, ON

  • Published On:

    January 18, 2017

  • Nominated By:

    Chris Pleau

1. How would you describe your community’s passion and spirit for hockey?

Cobden is a central location in Renfrew County for neighbouring towns such as, Arnprior, Renfrew, Eganville, Beachburg, Pembroke, Petawawa and Westmeath and all hamlets in between. Renfrew County is the largest county in Ontario encompassing 17 municipalities and has an area of 7,645.68 square kilometers. The area is rural in nature and is made up of very distinct physiographic regions. Since Cobden is so central and easily accessible, situated along highway 17, boys and girls from all over Renfrew County come to Cobden to play competitive and house league hockey, where they play their hearts out when it is their turn on the ice. The Cobden Arena brings together communities with their programs that forms a bond between kids, parents and anyone else who is apart of the rink community that just can't be broken. Over the years, Cobden has made memories that transcend generations. Cobden is a town built from kind people with competitive spirit, and love and passion for the game.

2. What arena project would most benefit from the prize money? Please specifically identify how the $100,000 might be used to upgrade your arena and the impact this would have on your community

The Cobden Astrolabe Arena is not just a slab of ice with four walls around it. It is a home. A home where people come together through sport. With many different teams playing at our rink that means that a lot of people come to watch. With our rink being so old there are not accessible or elderly accommodations, so everyone not able to watch what happens on the ice or take part in various activities within the arena. This restricts people from taking part in what makes our community so unique. Kraft Hockeyville would add these accommodations and create a rink accessible for everyone, so that no one gets left behind. Kraft Hockeyville would also assist in making our lobby area bigger by removing dressing rooms and relocating them in the arena, the lobby would then be the full width of the ice surface, so viewing windows could be put in lobby. Then all family members and fans could view games in a heated area and lobby. Kraft Hockeyville would expand our rink as well as our community.

3. Why should your community be the next Kraft Hockeyville?

The Cobden Arena is not only used for on ice purposes but also for many recreational activities. The hall upstairs is used for fundraising bingos, yoga, exercise classes, Farmers Association, Ontario Landowners, Whitewater Bromley Community Health, as well as where many teams hold their off-ice workout sessions. The arena is also used for the Cobden Pickleball Club, Cobden Fair which includes the 4-H livestock show and the Renfrew County Holstein Show, the Ottawa Valley Ringette Association and figure skating. When you add the hundreds of hockey players, and walk into the arena lobby, it feels like the whole of Renfrew County is there watching and cheering. When it's your team’s turn to play, you feel a sense of pride come over you, a feeling that just can't be described. We want Kraft to help so that everyone in the Community can take part in all activities that take place at the Cobden Arena. With the help of Kraft, are trying to ensure that "no one gets left behind."

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