JOE CROSS The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: It started off as a Kawartha Lakes council meeting, business as usual, and continued as such until great applause erupted from the audience. The roar of clapping and cheering came when the final vote was tallied. The vote was in reference to whether or not council would support the closure of six single pad areas by 2026. The arenas in question are located in Woodville, Oakwood, Ops, Emily-Omemee, Little Britain and Manvers. The cheering crowd was in support of the current arenas, without conversion which was the conclusion they received. After a "recorded vote", which was requested by Councillor Stephen Strangway, everyone waited in suspense as each of the Councillors was asked, and as the vote was tallied.
Suddenly the conclusion was reached. It was a fully unanimous vote with "17 in favor, 0 opposed." that's when the contagious clapping erupted. When it trailed off, Mayor Letham commented "not supposed to do that in here" which brought a lot of laughter and a woman's voice from the audience saying "It's Christmas".
The final decision reached in this process was that none of the arenas would be closed, and there would also be an indefinite hold put on this issue.
Everyone in that room that night seemed to realize the same thing, and that is the importance that these arenas play in our local communities. Even though the leisure activities that most of us do for fun nowadays are different then they used to be, there will always be the need for recreation centres, where many can gather because that can accommodate large groups of people. Let us keep it that way.
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