News

Armstrong considers outdoor ice rink

First, the good news.

Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation has done a great job of marketing and booking its available ice time at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The problem?

Parks and rec has done such a good job there is no more ice time to rent.

That has led the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission to give general manager Byron Sayer the go-ahead to investigate the feasibility of building an outdoor rink at the back of the Nor-Val Sports Centre on city-owned property.

“Right now, things are very preliminary,” said Sayer.

“We have no prime ice left, it’s so booked up. If you want to come in and do public skating or rent the ice to play shinny hockey with your friends, the ice demand is just too high and we’re just not meeting all of those needs.”

An outdoor rink could piggy-back on the existing Nor-Val Sports Centre’s ice plant.

“We are looking at possibly already having the infrastructure in place to build upon and build an outdoor refrigerated rink,” said Sayer. “Our climate, of course, isn’t always conducive to straight outdoor rinks, but one with refrigeration lines built-in would do the job.”

Armstrong Coun. Kelly Rowe thinks it would be awesome to add an outdoor rink.

“There is talk about having it covered, but for sure that’s not in the budget,” said Rowe.

“At this point, Byron is getting some numbers together and see if it’s doable at all.”

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Shootout suspects receive different sentences
 
Nelson hires new fire chief
 
Biomass identified as best option for Nelson energy system
Wet alert at Castlegar institution
 
Rotary holds Christmas dinner
 
Gathering brings out the many colours of our mountain culture
Accused in Cusworth murder appears in court
 
100 campaign signs stolen
 
Strong wind blows down tree in Nelson

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.