Kelowna’s Stuart Park ice rink to open Saturday

Free outdoor rink downtown proved to be popular attraction last year and the city expects that to be the case again this winter.

Kelowna city workers have started making ice at the outdoor Stuart Park rink downtown. The popular rink is expected to open to the public this weekend.

Winter is here and the city says now is the perfect time to get those skates sharpened, pull on your toque and get ready for free family skating at Stuart Park starting this weekend.

“Nothing says winter holidays in Kelowna like watching the Downtown Light Up at Kerry Park or drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying a late evening skate at Stuart Park,” says Jim Gabriel, Kelowna’s recreation and cultural services director.

“The outdoor skating rink provides a fun and affordable opportunity for residents to stay active during the winter months. It’s also a gathering place in downtown Kelowna.”

City crews started making ice at the outdoor downtown rink Monday night and expect to have enough made to open the rink on Saturday.

Once up and running , it will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink users, such as no hockey games.

The ice surface will be flooded at regular times each day by an ice resurfacing machine, says the city. If temperatures become too warm or the ice quality is affected by midday sunshine, the rink will be temporarily closed until conditions improve.

Once again, there will be a food vendor on site but the city was unable to find a company willing to offer skate rentals again this year, so you will have to bring your own skates.

The City of Kelowna’s public skate schedule hotline is 250-469-8800 (option 4). Public skating schedules for all city-operated facilities are available at kelowna.ca/recreation.

 

 

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