Sunday, November 29, 2015

Withrow Park Skating Rink Opening Day
 Scheduled for December 5th

Here is an update from Paula Fletcher about the rink and opening day:

Skating Rink Update - Flood Impact

I received notice this week that the opening of Withrow Park's skating rink is going to be delayed this year due to a late fall flood. The new scheduled opening date is: Saturday December 5th....
The flood damaged the refrigeration system, including all electrical and plumbing components. Asbestos was also discovered. Due to this health hazard, all insulation had to be removed which added 3 weeks to the repair timeline. Unfortunately, as part of the work the staff found that the high pressure amonia pipe had rotted and it needs to be welded and inspected prior to the start of ice making.

For the 2015-16 season, Parks, Forestry and Recreation will be extending the public closing time from 6pm to 7:45pm on Sunday evenings.

The delay in opening is disappointing, but it's important that the rink is safe for use when it opens. The good news is - the entire rink is being replaced with a new upgraded facility in 2017.

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