Outdoor rink opening in Carbonear
Use of ball field offers alternative to skating on local pond
The wooden framework is up around the infield of Carbonear Recreation Complex’s lower baseball field, but not for a winter game of catch.
Carbonear municipal workers have begun preparations for an outdoor skating rink the town expects will be operational early this year.
A plan for an outdoor rink is not a new idea to the town. There were rumours last year it would take shape.
But this year, the plan is in action, and soon locals will be able to strap on their skates, and hit the ice.
The surface of the ice will be 64 feet by 96 feet, and visitors will be able to use the dugouts and bleachers to get their skates on.
The plastic liner is in progress, with several municipal employees working on it at the recreation facility since early last week.
Preparations had to take a back seat for a few days, when a sudden temperature drop last week forced workers to focus on a water pressure issue that took priority over the rink.
But now, things are back on track.
Reason for the rink
Carbonear director of recreation Rob Button was on holidays over Christmas, but he confirmed a further update will be available this week.
He did, however, take some time during his vacation to tell The Compass why the rink is being built.
Carbonear Pond has been a frequent skating location for locals for decades. But with unpredictable ice conditions, Button decided to take a different approach.
“I’ve had many people ask about promoting skating using Carbonear pond because it was done years ago,” He explained. “However, due to changing weather and issues with ice thickness, it is a major liability issue.”
Some skaters still use Carbonear Pond in the winter, but Button decided an alternative is probably a safer option.
“By creating a rink, the town eliminates the issue of individuals falling through ice and possibilities of drowning,” he said.
Ball field a good choice
Some residents who have heard about the rink have said they are pleased to see the option brought to the town. But some have asked why the ball field was chosen.
But the reason is quite simple, according to Button.
“The reason for the choice of the ball field was because of the lighting,” he explained. “If the weather cooperates and the rink is established we can offer night time skating a couple of times a week.”
The ball field is fully equipped with overhead lighting, and will give more people an opportunity to use the rink.
It is also in the middle of the complex, with the rubberized track and pool on one side, and the tennis courts, basketball court and upper baseball field on the other.
Although it’s been a while in the making, the new ice rink is expected to be a success for locals looking to have some skating fun.
“We look forward to a wonderful winter season, and providing our citizens with a safer choice for outdoor skating,” Button concluded.