CK councilor wants to see an outdoor rink in Chatham
February 6, 2022 6:00 a.m.
The idea of an outdoor skating rink in Chatham-Kent could become a reality for residents if a city councilor has his way.
South Kent Councilor Anthony Ceccacci is asking city staff to develop a report identifying possible locations and funding sources for a temporary outdoor skating area.
“Living in rural areas, there are streams or ponds available to skate in, but that’s not always the case for families in urban areas who lack transportation,” Ceccacci said. “And every time the arenas closed in cold weather, I saw messages and requests to skate on safe places.”
Ceccacci explained that many municipalities have temporary outdoor ice areas that can be easily assembled during the winter months in a cost effective manner. He said the idea is to have one in Chatham-Kent that could be installed on municipal property during the winter.
“Chatham-Kent has seen a significant increase in the use of parks, trails and other outdoor activities,” the report said. “Recreational activities and sports are extremely important to our community, especially our young people.”
Due to the infrastructure team’s difficult workload, Ceccacci said he was asking for the report to come back to the board for discussion in June. If approved, the outdoor rink could potentially be assembled in a central location for the upcoming winter season.
“It’s a Canadian hobby and I think it would be a great municipality that would be an affordable outdoor family activity,” Ceccacci said.