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Ice rental rates going up in Kawartha Lakes

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January 27, 2015 - For the first time in five years, ice rental rates will go up in 2015 at all of the City’s artificial ice surfaces following Council’s endorsement of recommendations contained within an Initiative Management Black Belt project.

Beginning with the Spring/Summer Ice Rental season, rates will go up 10% of 2014 fees. Non-prime rates remain unchanged.

“This Initiative Management project allowed us to really drill down and look at our costs and utilization,” explained Director of Community Services Craig Shanks. “Analyzing the data really helped us find areas for efficiencies and improvements.”

In the spring of 2014 an Initiative Management Black Belt team began a review of the City’s arena utilization to better understand the gap between revenues and expenses for artificial ice services in Kawartha Lakes.

The team comprised of Mr. Shanks, Jenn Johnson, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Recreation Complex Services Supervisor Robin Nisbet, South East Area Supervisor Ivan Disney, South West Area Supervisor Kevin Brasier, Facility Booking Clerk Lyndsay Moxley and Process Improvement Facilitator Christina Sisson.

The project determined that revenues do not meet expenses and result in needed tax support for the City’s artificial ice services. The current gap between revenues and expenses is approximately $100,000 per facility – roughly $880,000 City wide.

A comparison of Prime Time rates across the region showed Kawartha Lakes is one of the lowest among 28 local and regional municipalities.

As part of the improve phase of the project it was determined that staff could reduce the gaps in prime time scheduling through booking and re-defining prime time as well as staffing for demand based on improved scheduling of all time required for tasks such as maintenance, administration and bookings.

As part of Council’s endorsement, an annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase will be applied automatically on an annual basis to the Arena Ice User Rates commencing for the 2016 Spring/Summer ice season.

“We need to ensure that we are charging an adequate rate to operate and maintain our facilities,” said Mr. Shanks. “The ice rental increases continue to make the City attractive and competitive when compared to surrounding municipalities and the annual CPI increase will ensure we better maintain an appropriate revenue, expense ratio moving forward.”


For more information please contact:

Craig Shanks
Director of Community Services
705-324-9411 Ext. 1304

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