One last look at the Civic Centre

Carter Haydu
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Agnes Isenor stands next to the Civic Centre on Aug. 17, 2012, just days before exterior demolition of the abandoned arena is planned to take place. Isenor worked on the fundraising campaign for the former home of the Moose Jaw Warriors before its construction in the mid-1950s.

In 1956, Agnes Isenor was a secretary working on the fundraising campaign to build a new hockey arena in the Friendly City.

She said her job largely consisted of mailing out a substantial number of brochures to people in Moose Jaw.

“We went through the phonebook and sent a brochure to everyone in the phonebook,” Isenor told the Times-Herald, adding she recalls the local mood at the time was very favourable for a new rink to replace the older one, which she describes as having been quite insufficient for Moose Jaw’s needs at the time.

“Everybody wanted (the Civic Centre).”

However, over half a century later Isenor was back in Moose Jaw on Friday to see the Civic Centre one last time before it succumbs to demolition next week. She said it is sad to think the beautiful, unique rink she worked to help bring into being will soon be no more than a memory.

“It’s just a nostalgic thing.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Civic Centre, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly

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