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Public gets first look at Meridian Community Centre in Pelham

PELHAM – July 16, 2018 – There were times over the past five years that Shane Smith thought he might never actually set foot in a new Pelham arena.

It was five years ago, as the vice-president of Pelham Minor Hockey, that Smith first became involved in the design process for Pelham’s new $36.2-million community centre. He led the charge, and developed the business case, for the contentious project’s second ice pad. Through the ups and downs of the process, he sometimes thought the centre — the largest capital project in town history — would never be built.

But on Saturday, Smith, and 844 others walked into the completed Meridian Community Centre in east Fonthill, as doors opened to the public for the first time.

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Pelham residents get glimpse of new $36-million arena

PELHAM – July 16, 2018 – Close to 850 people took advantage of an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the new $36-million arena complex in Pelham on Saturday.

A soft opening was held for local residents who toured the fully-accessible, 12,870-square-metre, two-storey,multi-purpose Meridian Community Centre ahead of an official grand opening that will take place in September.

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PCC Nears Completion

With the new Meridian Community Centre nearing completion the town has launched a community fundraising campaign. The new campaign follows a successful capital campaign that has raised over 90 percent of Pelham’s goal for the centre.

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The Pelham Raiders are coming home

PELHAM – Since 1997, the lacrosse organization has operated under the guise of the Welland Raiders. This will soon change with the opening of the Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill as the players return home to Pelham, once again adopting the name the Pelham Raiders.

“We’re bringing it (Raiders lacrosse) back to its roots,” said Raiders president Ben Chambers. He explains that the organization was originally founded as the Pelham Raiders as a centennial project for the town back in 1967. When the organization began to flourish in the 1990s, the requirement for a facility pushed its teams to Welland.

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