The outdoor community rink at Head of the Lake is in need of upgrades to continue providing a safe place for kids to play. Residents can help by voting at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11906.

The outdoor community rink at Head of the Lake is in need of upgrades to continue providing a safe place for kids to play. Residents can help by voting at www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11906.

Rink gives kids a sporting chance

Westside residents need the community’s support to continue providing a healthy, safe and inviting area for local youth to play sports and interact.

Westside residents need the community’s support to continue providing a healthy, safe and inviting area for local youth to play sports and interact.

The volunteer-run, outdoor community rink at Head of the Lake Road is in need of some major upgrades.

“It’s in serious need of fixing because the boards on the sides are rotting,” said Martie Louis, with the Okanagan Dreammakers Society.

Seating, a place for kids to hang their skates, resurfacing the concrete and place to house the recent donation of a Zamboni are also needed, therefore Louis estimates the upgrades will cost between $8,000 and $10,000.

The Dreammakers has applied to the Aviva Community Fund, a national competition where a total of $1 million will be awarded to the most popular ideas.

Ideas will be chosen by Canadians through online voting. To vote for the Head of the Lake project visit http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11906.

There are three rounds of voting, with the first wrapping up Oct. 19. The final winners will be announced Jan. 25, 2012.

The neighbourhood rink is a popular spot for all ages to play, or watch hockey.

“It’s not one generation that’s using it, it’s all of them,” said Louis. “We have little guys that come out and use it right up to the older guys.”

Eventually, the community would like to add onto the rink, to create a wider range of activities.

“Our vision is to have a little more than just a skating rink,” said Louis. “To have something for more year-round use.”