West Ferris Arena Closed Until Further Notice


In recent sampling of the brine solution contained in the chiller unit at the West Ferris Arena, ammonia was detected.  Since that time increased sampling frequency was initiated. 

The last sample analyzed had an increase of ammonia in the brine solution.

Sampling and routine monitoring of the chiller unit has been in effect as well as consultations with the service contractor.  Discussions with the equipment and service contractor and the City’s resources have been ongoing.

In an abundance of caution, it has been decided that in the interests of the health and safety of our citizens and staff that the West Ferris Arena be shut down. 

Councillor Johanne Brousseau, Chair of Community Services, advises “that the City is working with our user groups to make accommodations to minimize inconveniences.”

The length of the shutdown will be determined early next week.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.


John Severino, P.Eng.
 City Engineer - Infrastructure & Operations