Save the Old Arena in Fenelon Falls
The value of repurposing the “Old Arena” in the center of the village and its potential may be best recognized when we consider how we can make it more “culturally significant”. There are a number of good reasons that oppose tearing it down to make a parking lot. Firstly, the asset has an optimum location – it's conveniently “between the lakefront and main street”. Secondly, the vision for change must address how the “Old Arena” will support numerous “communities of interest” in Fenelon Falls and the surrounding area. Thirdly, the options for redevelopment should be based on cost effective alternatives that are scalable and embrace successful experiences and proven strategies. The best idea, which is compatible but not competitive with other sites in Fenelon Falls is the conversion to an “Open Air” structure that can host retail kiosks, cafes, unique craft shops, farmers markets plus new music and cultural events, plus initiatives that allow options to develop for a range of community groups.