Penticton outdoor rink opening postponed until January, ending just in time for BCHL All-Star game – Penticton News
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The teams poured concrete for the ice rink in early December
Although delays in the supply chain have prevented the Penticton outdoor rink from opening this week, the team behind it is eager to put together the final pieces in time for the BCHL All-Star Game in January.
The rink is the passionate project of a non-profit group called Activate Penticton, which has been raising funds for years to make the dream of a public outdoor rink come true.
“The original scheduled completion date for the big skating opening was supposed to be December 15. We had to deal with some equipment delays. I mean, obviously there were a lot of shortages with it. supply chains around the world right now, specific hardware required for chillers, “said Alex Waddington, vice president of Activate Penticton.
The new estimated completion date is January 14, which will be right in time for the BCHL event taking place this weekend.
While new restrictions were implemented by the provincial government on Friday to take effect Monday and last until the end of January, the event will still be able to take place.
BCHL’s 60th anniversary will now coincide with the opening of the ice rink and is a free event open to the public from January 14-16. Tickets for this event are available online now through Eventbrite.
“There will be a ribbon cutting, involving some of the rink’s top donors,” Waddington added. “There will also be community open skates taking place on Friday as well as Sunday and these two states are presented by Save On Foods. “
Once the rink is operational, there will be skating hours where people can schedule to use the rink and
the community skates through the rest of the winter just to accommodate families and kids who want to go out.
“Really, I think after this event and after the rink was introduced in Penticton, we just want it to be a place for the kids to come and play. Families can come skating. We really want it to look like a community outdoor rink and we really want people to feel able to participate. “
The lion’s share of the funding came from private donors at a cost of around $ 400,000, plus around $ 125,000 from the city for infrastructure upgrades.
“We still have funding required, I think at this point we’re looking for an additional $ 75,000. But we’ve almost crossed the finish line. So there’s that kind of a final push leading up to January for that extra funding. . “
And while the rink might not look like much yet, even after the concrete was poured in early December, Paddington said it has come a long way.
“I think visually to the audience it still looks pretty unfinished. But once we have the planks in place by January 9… it will feel very real to the city and it’s exciting.”
Activate Penticton will operate the facility in the future and are still accepting donations for the rink and its future here.