Fundraising begins for expanded Greater Canandaigua Civic Center

Locker room and bathroom improvements are needed. And so are more meeting rooms and a new ice resurfacer, as well as upgrades to a facility that is nearly 25 years old.

But first things first.

That’s why several people gathered Tuesday for the official unveiling of the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center’s first major capital campaign — because these kinds of changes don’t come cheap.

“We’re so excited to take the next step into the future,” said Kyle Johnson, president of the board of directors of the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center.

The fundraising is off to a good start.

An anonymous donor is contributing $500,000 of the $861,500 total cost of improvements planned at the not-for-profit center, which also has a new slogan of sorts: “Ontario County’s Event Center.”

That reflects the fact that the Civic Center is more than an ice rink and is a community meeting place that houses major events throughout the year, according to Dave Spiehler, director of development for the center.

“We want to capture that,” Spiehler said.

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