Friday, December 21, 2012
Put on some warm clothes, get your ice skates sharpened and warm up the hot chocolate, because The City of Calgary has officially opened its newest outdoor ice skating rink in time for the holiday season.
The one-acre outdoor rink is located in Carburn Park in the southeast community of Riverbend.
“This ice rink will offer citizens a wonderful, new opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at Carburn Park,” says Todd Reichardt, Manager for Parks South. “We encourage Calgarians to get outside to enjoy the nature in our Parks all year round.”
Carburn Park is a large park nestled in the Bow River Valley, with three man-made ponds. The ice freezes naturally, however Parks staff made the ice smooth, sleek and strong for safe and fun ice skating. The key is to make the ice as thick as possible, as quick as possible. Once the ice is thick enough to walk on, engineers removed the snow, and began to flood the ice skating surface. The ice-making team used miniature rink boards to define the skating area which is approximately an acre in size, or the equivalent of two indoor rinks. Parks staff have posted “Thin Ice. Do not Skate” signs on the two other ponds, to ensure public safety.
“The addition of festive lights, benches and picnic tables around the skating area make this a welcoming place to skate and enjoy family and group activities,” adds Reichardt. “It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful natural setting, with no impacts on the Park’s natural environment.”
Last year, The City opened the Prince’s Island ice skating rink which has become a popular place for Calgarians to gather near downtown. Other outdoor skating opportunities offered by the City of Calgary can be found at Olympic Plaza (228 Eighth Ave S.E.), Bowness Park (48 St N.W.), Prairie Winds Park (223 Castleridge Blvd N.E.) and Big Marlborough Park (6033 Madigan Dr N.E.).
All outdoor skating is weather dependent. To get up-to-date schedules and details on outdoor skating, please www.calgary.ca/parks.