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Posted on: December 16, 2021

OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS SET TO START OPENING

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Cochrane AB – With the recent cooler temperatures, Upper Mitford Pond is now open for public use. Town staff are working to support the opening of the other two Town-maintained outdoor skating rinks. 

 In addition to the Tim Bannister Memorial Rink and Mitford Pond, the Town will once again be supporting an additional outdoor rink in the downtown.

 “Upper Mitford Pond is now open for public use and the Tim Bannister Memorial rink should be open by next week” said Parks Coordinator Angie Basha. “The Parks team has been working hard to build the ice surface at the Tim Bannister Memorial rink and monitoring ice thickness at the Upper Mitford Pond”

 The downtown outdoor rink will be constructed again in the new year. Before you lace up, call the facility status line at 403-851-2552 to make sure the outdoor rink of your choice is open and safe. 

 The cooler temperatures have already resulted in some residents seeking alternative outdoor rink locations. Please share this important reminder from Fire Services with your children and neighbours.

 “Storm water facilities, rivers and creeks are not safe for skating or any other winter activity,” said Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Avery. “We’d like to remind all residents to stay off of these locations, no matter how the ice looks.” 

 Storm water facilities are particularly dangerous. Even if the surface appears solidly frozen, stormwater continues to be released underneath the ice due to snowfall, snowmelt, road clearing and salting operations. Runoff entering the pond throughout the winter typically contains concentrations of salt or warmed water, which can thin ice surfaces rapidly and may not be evident from the surface. There may be a sudden unforeseen rise in the water level, resulting in unsafe conditions. The structural integrity of the ice will be compromised due to voids between the water level and the ice.

 For more information, visit cochrane.ca/StormwaterFacility

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