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Kamloops councillors spend $50,000 studying outdoor skating rinks

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February 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS – City council has approved a $50,000 study to determine the viability of an outdoor skating rink at Kamloops.

At the city council budget meeting this morning, Feb. 20, councillors discussed the merits of an outdoor skating rink and decided to pay for the study see if a rink would make sense given our climate.

The original recommendation was to determine the viability of an outdoor rink at Riverside Park, however after a discussion, councillors made an amendment that the study must look at other options in the Kamloops area.

During the budget meeting, council debated the merits of providing $4,200 to the Heritage Commission for over forty minutes, before voting against it, asking for a review of the commissions’ terms of reference.

The councillors spent less than 20 minutes debating the merits of spending $50,000 on a study to see if an area in Kamloops will be viable to hold an outdoor rink before approving the motion.

The money to fund the study will not come from direct taxation, however it would come from a grant.

Even if it's considered viable, the soonest an outdoor rink would be built is late 2019 or 2020.

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