Ice will not be put back in Mitchell arena for season

The front entrance to the West Perth Mitchell Arena. (Photo by Ryan Drury)

West Perth council has turned down a request to reinstall the ice surface at the Michell & District Arena.

Council voted 6-4 to defeat a motion for the ice to be installed for the next six weeks, with Recreation & Facilities Manager Darcey Cook noting it would be hard to maintain ice once warm weather hits, so extending ice past the beginning of April would be a challenge.

Mitchell Minor Hockey had offered to pay up to $5,000 for restart costs.

West Perth removed the ice in mid-January shortly after stay-at-home orders were put in place by the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.