Carney Street lacrosse box gets a makeover
Downtown facility set to be renamed in honor of local lacrosse booster Glen ‘Moose’ Scott
A small army of volunteers descended on the concrete Carney Street lacrosse field on Saturday morning.
They got their hands on paint rollers and brushes, swept up the trash and weeded out of the cracks and somewhere above the man they called Moose was probably smiling.
The future site of the Glen ‘Moose’ Scott Memorial Arena is being renovated with a new coat of paint and a new fence in an attempt to restore the exterior lodge to its former glory. Chris Scott, son of local lacrosse legend, predicts it won’t be long before the concrete structure at the corner of Carney Street and Massey Drive is once again used for lacrosse, roller skating / hockey -ball and maybe even ice hockey.
“It’s been dormant for a long time,” said Chris Scott. “We haven’t used it here for a good two or three years. But now, with the paint and the fences, and the city working on the benches to change all the hinges and locks, it will be like 20 years ago.
“We’re not charging a fee to use it this year, we just want people to go out and reuse this facility,” he said.
The project was made possible by donations from Victory Paint and Mercantile, which provided the paint, and Bulldog Fencing, which replaced the wire mesh fence. City of Prince George staff worked closely with Scott to make this happen and some of the costs are covered by the Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association.
“We have a lot of volunteers from different teams and we have a few guys here who don’t play lacrosse,” said Scott, now in his fourth year as president of the PGSLA. “They saw the cry on Facebook and simply rallied to help. “
Almost 27 years have passed since Glen Scott and the Prince George Masters Lacrosse Association unveiled their original renovation project. The Carney Street facility was one of five lacrosse clubs the city owned in the mid-1970s, when lacrosse was one of the most popular spring and summer sports. After decades of use for lacrosse and ball hockey, and as an outdoor hockey rink, the shattered green boards had become a safety hazard by 1994 when the masters decided to revamp the rink. They raised nearly $ 100,000 to replace the floors, walls and players’ benches with concrete and install a wire mesh fence around the rink with a high net behind each goal to prevent capricious shots in the area. of game.
The Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association and Prince George Minor Lacrosse Association teams used the Carney Street box for practice and the weird pickup game and roller / ball hockey players played pickup games there , but the rink was never flooded and, over the past decade, has only been used infrequently and was showing signs of neglect.
Moose has always envisioned year-round use for the box and tried to convince more sports organizations to take advantage of it. In an October 20, 2013 Citizen article, he longed for a return to his former glory as a hub for athletic activity.
“Not everyone wants to go into the indoor arenas and pay the user fees, why can’t we have an outdoor arena that everyone can use for free and open it up to families?” Scott said.
“The kids should be able to go there like they do on the tennis courts, just shoot the puck and have fun. In the spring or summer, you might have people throwing or hitting a ball until the courts are open. In the winter, you could have a burger and hot chocolate night and have people flood it and put ice cream on it. Now is the time to try and do something with this lacrosse box. “
Moose suggested the rink should have a roof to make it more weather resistant, but that never happened and the Carney Street club has become one of the city’s most underused sports facilities.
But that’s about to change. Chris Scott is now accepting requests from youth and adult sports organizations to reserve hours to use it, and they will not have to pay for this privilege. He knows minor and senior lacrosse players are looking for a place to play after seeing their seasons scuttled again by the pandemic.
“If you’ve got a lacrosse box open again, they’re going to come – we should be back here next weekend,” he said.
“It’s too late to save the senior lacrosse season at Kin 1 and the Coliseum (Rolling Mix Concrete Arena), where we usually play. There won’t be any league sanctioned games, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you walk past the lacrosse box and see two teams playing there. Guys will be throwing their sticks in the middle to have a fun game now that we are doing it again. “
COVID restrictions have been lifted to allow up to 50 players around the rink and the province is on track in July to re-allow spectators in limited capacity. Scott is looking for a way to slightly scuff the smooth concrete floor so that it isn’t so slippery for runners when walking over dusty areas.
In order for the lacrosse box to be used for hockey and skating again, Scott said it was likely that boards would have to be built into the existing structure to prevent the concrete from cracking. He knows it would be well used.
“Flooding that and having that as a surface of ice would be insane,” Scott said. “The city could take a Zamboni out of the gates. There are a lot of plans for the future and I am really open to ideas.
“It’s not just a lacrosse box, I want the whole community to be able to use it whether they are roller skating, skateboarding, hockey or lacrosse, whatever you want. want to do. “
Moose died on February 20 at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer. As the founding commissioner of the PGSLA, he led the renaissance of senior lacrosse in the city in 1991 and held the position until Chris took over the league in 2018. The sign for Glen ‘Moose’ Scott Memorial Lacrosse Box probably won’t be made like this. year but it is in the works.
“This whole arena was Glen’s passion and I’m really proud that everyone came out to support him on this project,” said his widow, Pat Scott, who painted the rink with his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
“It’s open to everyone, the youngest, the elderly, it’s such a community place and it hasn’t been used in years, and that was one of Glen’s passions, from make it usable again. Lacrosse has been a thing for him throughout his life.