Kelowna’s outdoor ice rink stays open a little longer than expected

  • Feb. 28, 2011 2:00 p.m.

The silver lining of this frigid weather system has come to light: Skating season at Stuart Park will continue for as long as the weather co-operates.
 
The City of Kelowna had scheduled to close the Stuart Park ice surface on Feb. 28, but the colder weather has extended the outdoor skating season.
 
“We will keep it open and continue to monitor the ice condition,” said building services manager Martin Johansen. “We’ll close it for the year when we find the ice can no longer be maintained.”
 
Two weeks ago, the city announced the rink would close on Feb. 28. At that time, sunny conditions caused the ice to deteriorate into mush. However, the return of cool temperatures and cloudy skies has allowed the ice to remain intact.
 
The rink will remain open on a day-to-day basis and skaters are urged to call the skating hotline to check on the status of the rink before traveling to the park. For updates, residents can phone 250-469-8800 ext. 4.

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