All of Yellowknife’s outdoor rinks should be open Friday

The outdoor rink at School Draw Park.
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All five of Yellowknife’s outdoor skating rinks should be open to the public in time for the weekend.

City staff maintain five rinks throughout the city each winter.

Outdoor rinks at Jeske Crescent Park, School Draw Park, Forrest Drive Park and Tommy Forrest Ballpark are already open to the public.

By Friday morning, the City is hoping to open the rink and skating oval on Frame Lake near City Hall.

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Once that rink is open, a service building will also be available at Somba K’e Civic Plaza whenever temperatures dip below -25ºC with a windchill.

As more people get ready to lace up, the City is reminding snowmobilers to avoid driving on designated skating rinks.

This warning comes after someone damaged part of the rink on Frame Lake by driving on it Wednesday night.

“I appreciate that a lot of people use snow machines on Frame Lake but we do have the area flagged off and that’s for safety reasons,” said Dave Hurley, facilities manager with the City of Yellowknife.

“We build a berm around it and we put flags up but unfortunately someone decided to run through it.

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“We’d like to emphasize for people not to drive snow machines on the rinks for safety reasons.”

Hurley says crews had to clean up the mess by flooding the affected area. He doesn’t expect the rink’s opening date to be pushed back by the damage.

Rinks are typically open until early to mid-April depending on ice conditions.

To find one nearest you, click here.

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