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Winter blast keeps Kelowna's favourite skating rink open late

Stuart Park skating rink.
February 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

KELOWNA - Cold weather of late means skating is still good to go at Stuart Park, but at least for the time being Kasugai Garden just down the road remains closed for the same reason.

Early spring conditions closed the popular rink February 28 last year and have closed it even earlier in previous years but communications manager Tom Wilson says the city doesn’t put a hard budget or limit on maintaining the ice sheet.

“Sunlight is usually the enemy, combined with warmer temperatures,” Wilson said. “They just monitor it day-to-day and make the call when it gets too hard to maintain a frozen surface.

Recent colder-than-average weather has also delayed the usual early-March opening of the decorative Kasugai Garden Park beside Kelowna City Hall. It has been delayed because there’s so much snow and ice on the bridges and pathways.

The city says the recent unseasonably cold temperatures are to blame and the park will open once staff can clean up and deem it safe for visitors.

Over in Knox Mountain Park, the city has closed the Ogopogo Trail for reconstruction and maintenance. The steep trail running from the base of the mountain to the top will be improved with the installation of concrete steps in some places.

The main road up Knox Mountain also remains closed at the bottom pending the melting of ice just below the first lookout.

Environment Canada is predicting overcast skies with some snow flurries or rain showers through to the weekend with highs of 5C and lows around zero.

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