Stuart Park ice rink prepped

Kelowna’s outdoor ice rink was the surprise hit of last winter and—fingers crossed—it’s just a few weeks until it livens up the waterfront again.

“Stuart Park ice rink is supposed to open early December,” said Tom Wilson from the City of Kelowna.

“They’ve tested the system in recent weeks, so  there won’t be any delays like last year.”

In its debut year, the rink’s opening was put off by weeks due to an underground glycol leak from the cooling system.

It was patched up to ideal condition by Dec. 28, and by the end of the season thousands of locals had taken a spin on the smooth surface.

Although praise for the rink was readily available, season’s end offered a time for review and some users highlighted a few tweaks that would amount to increased performance.

Coun. Luke Stack in a March council meeting, for example, noted a warming station would be ideal.

It’s possible because city council approved an amendment to the open fire bylaw that allowed for future use of outdoor fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and barbecues fuelled by natural gas, propane or briquettes only.

But, said Wilson, it’s not likely going to make this year’s to-do list.

“As they get into phase 2 (of park development), they may incorporate some things like a sound system or a fire pit, but not yet,” he said.



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