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New Sun Peaks ice rink opening soon

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December 08, 2016 - 2:30 PM

SUN PEAKS - The new outdoor NHL-sized ice rink is nearing completion at Sun Peaks and the first public skate will likely be next week.

The village’s CAO Rob Bremner says while lights and a refrigeration system still need to be finished, the rink will likely open with natural ice.

“We might do a soft opening operation during the day,” he says. “We’ll look to maybe do that next week.”

Once the lighting system is operating, evening and night skating will be added. While the refrigeration unit isn’t installed yet, it will be added soon, though Bremner says with current temperatures in the mountain village near -20 C, it’s not needed yet. It should be operational in January, ready for when early spring temperatures get closer to 0 C.

At $1.4 million the rink cost more than initially budgeted for due to issues beneath where the rink is now. Bremner says when excavators dug into the earth peat was found, meaning additional work was required to make sure the ground was stable and delaying earlier estimates of opening in November or Dec. 1.

The new rink project moved forward after a much lager project fell through last year.

For public skates it’ll be $7, though Sun Peaks residents have the option of a discounted pass that covers a days worth of skating.

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