Outdoor rinks made for all seasons in Carbonear
Town’s recreation director anticipates plenty of interest in new playing surfaces
Two new permanent outdoor rinks in Carbonear should prove to be popular spots for years to come.
That’s at least what the town’s recreation director hopes will be the case when it comes to the two playing surfaces at the Carbonear Recreation Complex.
“We’re always looking at different opportunities,” Rob Button told The Compass last week, standing alongside the boards of one rink. “The more recreation opportunities that’s there for the people of our community, the better.”
The rinks take up half of the space previously devoted to tennis. Button believes the town will do just fine with two tennis courts instead of four.
“We didn’t want to take tennis away from the town, but the four courts didn’t really seem to be used as much as they could be, so why not use them for another purpose.”
Previous winters, the town created an outdoor skating rink on one of the ball fields located within the complex. According to Button, maintaining a level skating surface was always a challenge and forced town staff to create more ice than necessary.
Carbonear and Harbour Grace evenly split proceeds from the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games Legacy Fund. With $15,000 available to spend and the cost of materials below that figure, council viewed building two rinks as a good option. Seasonal workers handled the physical labour.
Button said there was some initial talk of making one large rink, but building two should offer more options when it comes to going for a recreational skate or accommodating two ball hockey games simultaneously.
The two rinks are similar in size, with the one farthest from the pool covering 5,000 square feet and the other 4,500 square feet.
Once there’s ice, the plan is to have one rink used strictly for general skates and the other for hockey. There will not be any sort of booking policy for playing a game, though Button hopes to have some ball hockey program- ming ready for the spring.
“We’ll try it in the spring, see how it goes and what develops,” he said.
A two-inch flushing hydrant will be utilized to create ice for the rink, with a snowblower serving as a makeshift Zamboni.
The addition of the outdoor rinks further enhance the Recreation Complex, which also boasts the Carbonear Swimming Pool, a track, soccer field, two ball fields, a playground and two tennis courts.
The new outdoor rinks in Carbonear wouldn’t have happened without proceeds from the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games Legacy Fund.
Carbonear recreation director Rob Button is happy to have the new outdoor rinks ready for public use.