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Skaters can once again warm their toes at Kelowna’s outdoor skating rink

Stuart Park skating rink fire pit is opening due to the easing of the natural gas shortage.
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KELOWNA - A warm start to winter means skaters at the Stuart Park outdoor skating rink can enjoy the natural gas fire pit.

When the rink opened a few weeks ago, the City of Kelowna announced the fire pit would likely not be used this season because of a shortage of natural gas caused by a pipeline rupture north of Prince George.

Fortis B.C. had put out a call for conservation of natural gas throughout the province so the city was responding to that call.

Fortis announced yesterday, Dec. 18, that due to conservation efforts, the pipeline getting back to 85 per cent capacity and a mild winter, the gas supply is now back to normal although they still encourage conservation.

“Staff were setting up the Stuart park fire pit this morning and we expect it will be running this afternoon and back on to the regular schedule,” Ian Wilson, the city’s Infrastructure operations manager told in an email.

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