The CZK 324 million project to build a roofed ice rink in Bruntál is back on track

by   CIJ News iDesk III
2023-11-09   05:57

The project to build a roofed ice rink in Bruntál is back on track. Last May, councillors approved its suspension. This was mainly due to rising construction costs. City officials have now resumed the planned investment worth CZK 324 million. However, the construction will only proceed if the town hall receives a subsidy, announced Jiří Ondrášek, the city spokesman.

"Bruntál councillors have given a new hope to the project of a roofed ice rink on Kavalcova Street with a large majority of votes. They approved the construction of a new sports facility, provided that a subsidy is obtained," he said. He added that at the same time, they approved the submission of an application for a grant from the National Sports Agency and secured the co-financing of their own share.

The estimated total cost of the project is nearly 324 million crowns, but the cost may drop significantly after the selection of the contractor. The subsidy may amount to a maximum of 120 million, the remaining part would be paid by the city. "By the middle of next year, a public tender for the construction contractor should be announced, with the possibility of cancelling the tender if the subsidy is not received. If the city receives the subsidy, the subsidy programme foresees implementation by the end of 2025," Ondrášek said.

Mayor Martin Henč (ANO) said that the construction is important for the city. "Bruntál would move forward again. Not only would it expand the possibilities of leisure activities for our citizens, but at the same time the ice rink, if realized, will attract more visitors to the town. Of course, everything depends on obtaining subsidies," he said.

The failure to get the subsidy was one of the reasons why the city decided last year to pull out of the project, which would have been the city's biggest investment in 30 years.

Source: CTK