OGDENSBURG — The Richard G. Lockwood Civic Center will get three new showers, just in time for hockey season.
Two men's and one women's shower stalls will be installed in the bathrooms by Oct. 18, when the winter sports season begins at the center. The showers are small and portable, costing $1,000 each.
"This is an interim measure to help the hockey season until we can afford to accommodate different showers," Mayor William D. Nelson said at Monday's council meeting. Although City Manager Arthur J. Sciorra called the showers "temporary," he said they may be at the center for up to three years.
Council members speculated this could draw more Canadians to the center.
"This is not a locker room, but if someone needs to take a shower, this will have the capabilities," Mr. Sciorra said at the meeting.
In November the city unveiled a five-year capital plan calling for the expansion of the center in 2009. The expansion project includes showers, locker rooms, a concession area and a lobby. The estimated cost of the project was $600,000.
At Monday's meeting, the council approved the transfer of $3,000 from the recreational capital construction account to the arena building maintenance account for the showers and of $2,000 for repairs on the center's Zamboni.
The city will install the showers.