The Fairgrounds Arena opens to the public tomorrow with youth hockey practice and public skating. The public will see a building with tremendous potential for community events.
The renovations arose from years of expanded usage coupled with the need for deferred maintenance and facilities that were shopworn. The vision was to give the City a new front door and the residents something they could enjoy.
Controversy swirled over the cost and when finally approved, the project continued as a pinata for some in media and self inflicted issues from the city itself.
Much of that will fade in time and with use, but imaginative and responsible management is needed, starting with a can do attitude towards the current spat over a snack bar.
It's a small and a large issue at the same time, and the petulant attitude towards Council and the dithering (to use a popular editorial term) has been epic.
Take up the challenge and run the damn thing, and open the doors with a smile and a sense of pride and celebration.