The Blackburn Arena is a single-pad arena located at 200 Glen Park Drive within Blackburn Park. The arena was constructed in 1974 and contains four undersized players’ dressing rooms that do not meet the needs of present day facility users. The building also contains a lobby, public washrooms, a referees’ dressing room, an alternate needs dressing room, an office for facility staff, and a Ward Councillor’s office. The rink slab, boards and high roof were replaced in 2016.
The purpose of the project is to design and construct a building addition to provide four full-size players’ dressing rooms, two alternate needs dressing rooms, a lobby addition, and a new entrance vestibule. The project involves renovations to the existing building including the repurposing of the existing players’ dressing rooms into an expanded lobby, a multipurpose room, a universal washroom, and storage space. Modifications to the parking lot are proposed to accommodate the building expansion. City Council has approved funding for the design phase of the project.