Tires that once traveled along the road are now being tread upon as new flooring in the City of Prince George’s Elksentre Arena thanks to funding from the City of Prince George and grants from Tire Stewardship BC.
The new cushioned flooring has been installed throughout the arena’s walkways, front lobby, skate shop, and dressing, referee, and storage rooms. The city applied for and received a grant from Tire Stewardship BC to replace roughly 465 square metres of aging and damaged flooring and installed flooring made out of 4.5 tonnes of rubber from 670 recycled passenger vehicle tires. The original flooring was installed when the Elksentre was first constructed in 1976.
The recycled flooring improves the durability, shock absorption, maintenance, and resistance of the flooring at the Arena. The Elksentre, located in the Hart neighbourhood, hosts many tournaments, special events, and training programs for figure skating, minor hockey, ringette, lacrosse, and adult recreational leagues each year.
The floors are made from a product produced by a company called Dinoflex. Dinoflex flooring consists of up to 90 per cent recycled, post-consumer tire rubber. The flooring is made in BC from scrap tires collected from around the province by Tire Stewardship BC.
The city applied for and received a $25,554 grant from Tire Stewardship BC to cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for the project. The key qualifications for the grant were:
- The project site be fully accessible by all members of the public
- The replacement material be made from recycled, BC-manufactured tire “crumb” rubber
the grant recipients had to match Tire Stewardship BC’s contribution.
- The city funded the remaining project costs of about $40,000.
The City of Prince George also received a grant from Tire Stewardship BC for recycled materials to improve fall protection and accessibility at Duchess Park earlier this summer. Worn out flooring at the Kin arenas has also been replaced using the Dinoflex products via a grant from Tire Stewardship BC.