It might seem hard to believe, but not every Canadian community jumps at the chance to have some of the world’s best hockey players practise in their backyard.
A proposal by Britannia Community Centre on Commercial Drive to serve as a training venue for 2010 hockey teams was met with both support and strong opposition at its public meeting on Monday.
Its executive director, Enzo Guerriero, said that those who oppose to the plan are worried about security and unnecessary restrictions. Others oppose the Olympics on principle.
“All the users of the rink expressed support for it,” Guerriero said, adding that VANOC would fund improvements to the rink, including new boards and enclosing the mezzanine.
Anna Vincelli, who grew up in the neighbourhood and skates at the rink, said she can understand people’s hesitation, but said the upgrades, which are much needed, would be worth it.
Paul Hardy, who lives nearby and plays hockey at Britannia, said he, too, understands both arguments.
“I’m for the Olympics and their legacy, buy I’m against the politics and hidden costs,” he said.
The board will make its decision on May 14.