Residents in and around Estevan are sharing their thoughts on what should be done with the Civic Auditorium.
"Well, the City needs it" shared Alexis Ciepliski, a concerned hockey parent. "We need three rinks, we've got enough hockey going on that it's a necessity. Honestly, if we could just get another rink, that's the main thing that I'm worried about. The Civic is here, if they just fix it up, but it depends, if it's more of a cost to build a new one, just fix the Civic, otherwise a new one would be fine."
"We have to drive around to different small towns like Milestone, Radville, down to Crosby. For nine and ten year olds and that's during the week, that's late for little kids to be staying up and playing hockey."
Preston Erickson also shared that losing the rink has created issues for those driving their kids across the border to play hockey.
"I wish they would have took a look at it before the season started. Then they wouldn't have had their scheduling issues halfway through the year."
He added that the decision whether to close it permanently or spend the money to fix it up is a difficult one.
"Anyone who has played hockey I'm sure, would enjoy that third rink a lot closer to home than travelling half an hour. If you've never played, it would be hard to imagine what else could be done with it. Crossing the border might make it hard for some people. There's a lot of little towns within half an hour, it makes everyday a little harder than it should be."
Bob Abernathy, concerned citizen, questions some of the findings in the report.
"The five million dollars, that's questionable. What I would like to know is what the other alternatives are. If you're going to build something else, how much is that going to cost? I would like to know how much it would cost to tear the thing down."
"I'm also curious about the estimate. The previous estimate that was done was questionable in my mind, as long as that's a good estimate for five million dollars, it's a good starting point. But I wasn't real happy about the previous estimate. It was quickly done and I'm sure if there were any problems with it and I'm not sure if there weren't. Just questionable."
Mayor Roy Ludwig said that he hopes the city has enough information to make a decision on the fate of the Civic at next council meeting on December 18th.