Children have been a common sight at Cherryville’s outdoor rink since the facility opened in 2009.

Children have been a common sight at Cherryville’s outdoor rink since the facility opened in 2009.

Cherryville group focused

The Cherryville Rink Society has established a number of goals for the outdoor ice sheet in Hanson Park.

Plans are underway to ensure a popular Cherryville attraction doesn’t melt away.

The Cherryville Rink Society has established a number of goals for the outdoor ice sheet in Hanson Park.

“There’s really a great group of people working on this,” said Eugene Foisy, regional district director.

Among the future goals are pouring a concrete slab with piping because an ice plant would allow for more consistent use over the season.

Currently, warm weather can lead to the ice melting and the rink not being usable.

Beyond winter, a concrete slab would allow for year-round activities like street hockey and basketball.

“An engineer will give them an idea of what it will cost,” said Foisy of the concrete and pipes.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been asked to keep an eye out for any possible senior government grants, while the society is also fundraising.

A recent bottle drive raised almost $3,000.

The outdoor rink opened in 2009 and it has proved extremely popular with residents.

“Being so close to the school, the kids can walk across the road and skate two or three times a week,” said Foisy.