Media Release 22-11: Grand Opening of Minden Community Centre/Recreation Complex/S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena

For Immediate Release
Minden, Ontario
Thursday April 14, 2022
12:30 PM
Release #22-11

Subject:    Grand Opening of Minden Community Centre/Recreation Complex/S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena

On Saturday May 7, 2022, the Township of Minden Hills will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Minden Hills Community Centre/Recreation Complex/S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.

We welcome everyone in the community to come and join us in our beautifully redesigned and recently re-opened multi-use facility for a tour, friendly conversation and refreshments. The event will run from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Beginning at 11:00 AM, this exciting day will include a piped in opening ceremony, ribbon cutting, and recognition of the many volunteers that contributed to the project. In addition, the following exciting activities will be offered:

On the Ice:

  • Minden Figure Skating show 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Highland Storm scrimmage 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Public Skating with the Huskies 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM

In the Gymnasium:

  • Half the court will feature a basketball free throw contest for prizes; and
  • Half the court will have “TRY IT” stations, including one court of pickleball, and one court of badminton, plus equipment available for use.

In the Fitness Center:

  • Demonstrations by Matrix Fitness on of how to use new equipment throughout the day at 30-minute intervals.

A Health and Wellness Expo in the Community Centre:

  • Featuring Karate/Martial Arts /Tai Chi; and
  • Other local organizations that use the Community Centre throughout the year.

Other Activities:

  • Demonstration of the new recreation program registration booking software Perfect Minds by Staff
  • Township of Minden Hills Fundraising Committee Information
  • Haliburton Huskies dressing room tours and player meet and greets
  • Scavenger hunt for kids
  • More prizes
  • BBQ
  • Special cupcakes and refreshments

Since the project’s ground-breaking ceremony on May 1, 2019, the facility has undergone an unparalleled transformation to create a brand new arena, fitness centre, walking track, and gymnasium. New additions also included accessible features such as a new elevator, and accessible seating and viewing areas.

The grand opening, originally scheduled for March 2020, was postponed due to public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The wait has only increased our excitement to share this new space with the community, making the grand opening a much-anticipated event.

For questions about the event, please call the Community Services Department at 705-286-1260 x 552. For more information, visit the Township of Minden Hills website at


Contact Information:

Craig Belfry, Director of Community Services
Township of Minden Hills
PO Box 359, 7 Milne Street
Minden, ON K0M 2K0