The City of Quinte West has received its first electric ice resurfacer that will be used at the Dr.McMullen Recreation Centre in Frankford. The machine uses lithium-ion batteries that allow for quick charging between ice resurfacings. This new battery-operated machine will eliminate approximately 17 to 19 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, known contributors to climate change.
While provincial restrictions have the arenas temporarily closed to the public, staff are busy behind the scenes keeping the ice ready, and they’re excited to use the new machine.
“It’s always nice to get new equipment, and even more so with this new state-of-the-art machine,” says Andy Conger, Assistant Manager Buildings of Facilities and Arenas. “Staff are excited by how quiet and efficient it is.”
“We’re very excited to add this new environmentally friendly machine to our fleet,” says Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison. “The City continuously seeks opportunities to increase sustainability and minimize our carbon footprint. This initiative supports our strategic priority to be environmental stewards.”