Georgetown Memorial Arena is gone now but did you know that it was built in 1922 to replace to replace the natural skating rink – the Wilber Lake that once covered the area.
Park Avenue apartments and Carpet Barn currently stand there.
Hockey became a popular sport and when the Wilber Lake was drained Georgetownians need replacement. The new rink was first an outdoor facility but the members of Orion Lodge, known as Odd Fellows, decided to build new office space and an arena. And so in 1922, the Old Arena was built for $27,000! All the lumber came from local lumberyards and bricks were from Logan Brickyards at Terra Cotta.
The original ice surface measured 175 x 74 feet and was made of sand. Water was poured over the top of the sand and left to freeze. There was seating for 2,700 people, on wooden benches.
The top floor featured a lodge room, banquet hall and brand new kitchen with all the modern conveniences. This floor was steam heated.
The informal opening of the arena took place on January 16, 1923 with a hockey game between Georgetown and Brampton.
We don’t know who won but if you do, let us know.
The arena was the birth place of the Little NHL established in 1936 by Gordon Alcott.