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City to build a new outdoor skating loop in Matthews Park in addition to rinks

A section of where the new outdoor skating loop will run in Matthew Park. Photo by Chris Newton
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John says that its outdoor rinks should be operational in the near future.

The city’s Grounds Manager Chris Murphy says that city crews will be building two outdoor rinks this year. One will be located at Centennial Park, while the other will be built at Kin Park. Murphy says that crews have been using this week to compact snow that will serve as the rinks’ foundations.

He says that crews won’t be putting down any water to make the ice rink’s surfaces as the weather forecast is calling for daytime highs to rise above freezing on Friday and Saturday. However, Murphy explained that the forecast is calling for a cold snap to arrive on Sunday and Monday with highs of -10 and -23 degrees respectively. If those colder temperatures arrive and stay, they will start flooding next Monday for the rinks to be up and running by next weekend at the latest.

Murphy added that city crews will be doing something new this year. In addition to the two hockey rinks, crews will also be building a 1/3 kilometre ice skating loop in Matthews Park that will allow skaters to explore the park in an entirely new way. THe skating loop in Matthews Park will also feature picnic tables and rest stations at various spots to allow skaters to access the loop from all sides.

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