Renovated Tupper Lake civic center will be iced this week

The renovated Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center is seen Monday. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

TUPPER LAKE — The village’s Memorial Civic Center is almost ready for hockey and skating season after receiving a $440,360 renovation over the summer, in conjunction with the school district’s $8.3 million capital improvement project.

Furnished with a new, enclosed mezzanine overlooking the rink, renovated locker rooms complete with showers, and ceiling-heated stadium seating, the civic center rink is currently being cooled before the first layers of ice are laid down later this week.

According to Pierre St. Pierre, the Tupper Lake Central School District’s buildings and grounds superintendent, the cement floor must be cooled from around 70 degrees to 17 degrees before the milky water which gives the ice its white hue is laid down on Thursday.

The school district, which owns the civic center, included a second proposition to its latest capital improvement project, voted for by residents in November 2014 but not enacted until this year.

The mezzanine transformed an empty floor above the front entrance into the heated viewing area it was intended to be for years. Showers in the locker rooms allow hockey players to wash off after games, and a new sound system will bring the sounds of the game and its announcers to the audience clearer than before.

This large room is in the Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center’s new second-floor mezzanine. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

The locker rooms will also have bathrooms for skaters’ mid-game needs, and elevators compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act make the second-floor mezzanine accessible to all viewers.