Out­door rinks made for all sea­sons in Car­bon­ear

Town’s re­cre­ation di­rec­tor an­tic­i­pates plenty of in­ter­est in new play­ing sur­faces

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Car­bon­ear re­cre­ation di­rec­tor Rob But­ton is happy to have the new out­door rinks ready for pub­lic use.

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