The hottest days of the summer are a few weeks away but at the Summerland Arena, crews are preparing for hockey.
Once again the arena will host numerous hockey schools and camps.
The first is a four-day women’s hockey school which begins July 16.
From July 20 to 26, Gold in the Net will bring back its goalie training program.
The Bulldogs European hockey school will run from July 27 to Aug. 1.
From Aug. 9 to 16, the MacGilivray hockey school will be offered.
The Summerland Steam will hold their annual camp Aug. 22 to 24.
After the Labour Day weekend, the minor hockey season will begin.
Brenda Ingram, assistant director of the Summerland Parks and Recreation department, said ice is available for the week of Aug. 2 to 8.
At present, the ice is out of the arena and workers have been able to do maintenance and upgrade work.
A new score clock was recently installed, replacing the original clock from the 1976 construction of the arena.
“We couldn’t even get the light bulbs for it anymore,” Ingram said.
The replacement work was a significant project, since the clock was large, fragile and difficult to remove.
Other work at the arena includes scheduled maintenance to the ice equipment in preparation for the coming hockey season.
While the ice is out, the arena is used for lacrosse, ball hockey, Summerland Secondary School’s graduation on June 27 and a roller derby event on July 5.
The ice will be installed in early July.
Ingram said this is a time-consuming project which involves cooling the floor and then painting the lines and logos on the ice.
“It takes two weeks to put the ice in,” she said.