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City says outdoor rinks should be ready by mid-week

City crews lay down water onto the new skating loop in Matthews Park. Photo by Chris Newton
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John says that the two outdoor hockey rinks, as well as the skating loop in Matthews Park should be ready by the middle of next week.

The City’s Grounds Manager Chris Murphy says that city crews have been flooding the three sites since the beginning of the week, when the arctic air caused temperatures to drop. Murphy explained that crews need the temperature to consistently stay below -10 degrees in order to properly flood the rinks. Crews have been using water trucks to flood the rink sites, and will be using the sidewalk sweepers, along with re-floods to maintain the ice sheets for the duration of the winter.

Murphy says that crews anticipate being finished flooding the rinks by the middle of next week, when they will have laid down the required six inches of ice. He added that the six inches of ice are required in the less controlled environment outdoors, as opposed to the 1 ¾ inches found at the city’s two indoor facilities.

The two hockey rinks are located in Kin Park and Centennial Park on the former site of the Visitor Information Centre, while the skating loop is located in Matthew Park.

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