Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ice returns to Olympic Plaza

Olympic Plaza is boasting an ice rink made from a new ice plant that replaced one that was installed during the 1988 Winter Olympics.

“The old system had two motors and one of them failed and the other was on its last legs,” said Kyle Ripley, manager of parks planning and development services. “This afforded us the opportunity to upgrade the system.”

The new ice plant is automated, has insulated pipes and is more energy efficient than the previous system.

“The system is more efficient in terms of using less power, and it is also able to keep cooler temperatures longer for the ice which conserves energy,” said Ripley.

The new plant comes with a $500,000 price tag, almost $167,000 of which was paid for by the Federal Government’s recreational infrastructure program.

The public can skate for free at Olympic Plaza, seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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