Vic­to­ria Park out­door rinks open for shinny, skating

The Goderich Signal-Star - - NEWS - Dar­ryl Coote Edi­tor

It’s been game on at the Vic­to­ria Park out­door skating rinks since Goderich coun­cil­lor Trevor Bazinet of­fi­cially opened them up to the pub­lic the af­ter­noon of Dec. 18, 2016, af­ter weeks of work.

In the seven days lead­ing up to the un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous open­ing, Bazinet said he had put in a good 40 hours get­ting the rinks up to snuff.

“The week’s been a lot of work, not go­ing to lie,” the coun­cil­lor said with a laugh. “I’ve had a num­ber of vol­un­teers come over and help when they can. It’s a lot of work to do this and I hope peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate this and I’m sure they will.”

This is the third year of the two out­door rinks but the first year they have been open be­fore Christ­mas, Bazinet said, adding that he is glad about that as it gives school stu­dents on break some­thing ac­tive to do dur­ing the hol­i­days.

The rink is not only for kids but for all com­mu­nity mem­bers, which what gives Bazinet the most sat­is­fac­tion about this project.

“The sat­is­fac­tion for me is you get to see all ages over here enjoying it,” he said. “It’s not just for the young kids, it’s also for the se­nior peo­ple who are over here in the morn­ing enjoying it as well. And when­ever I come over peo­ple are al­ways thank­ing me and they have smiles on their faces and enjoying them­selves and that’s what it’s all about. It’s pro­vid­ing some­thing free, out­doors for the com­mu­nity to take ad­van­tage of.”

How­ever, Bazinet sees more of a fu­ture for the rinks and is in talks with Na­dine Van­den Heu­vel of Goderich’s Fit Body Boot Camp about or­ga­niz­ing a 3-on-3 tour­na­ment dur­ing this up­com­ing Fe­bru­ary’s ICE tac­u­lar win­ter fes­ti­val in town.

He said i t would be ex­pand­ing an al­ready pos­i­tive fes­ti­val.

“[ It’s] just an­other fun event to add to our win­ter fest. We want to pro­vide dif­fer­ent things for dif­fer­ent ages in our com­mu­nity that week­end. Last year … there was snow pitch and we’re go­ing to do hockey if we can,” he said.

This is all de­pen­dant on weather, of course, as it would not have been pos­si­ble to hold the tour­na­ment last year as the tem­per­a­tures were too warm.

But from the looks of it, Bazinet thinks the rinks could be up and run­ning un­til­march.

The cost of the rinks per yare runs be­tween $ 4,000 and $ 6,000 all of which he said comes from do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship.

Those wish­ing to use the ice for ei­ther shinny hockey or plea­sure skating are asked only to en­sure the area is kept clean and to give the ice a once over be­fore leav­ing.

“All I ask is for peo­ple to keep it clean and be­fore they leave to grab a shovel and shovel off some snow,” he­said.

Vol­un­teers pose on one of the two rinks for a pic­ture on Dec. 17, the day be­fore the ice sur­faces were opened to the pub­lic for skating.

Two youth vol­un­teer to be hu­man zam­bo­nis and shovel snow from the ice in the days lead­ing up to the rinks’ open­ing.

The Goderich Out­door Rinks’ Face­book page

Goderich coun­cil­lor Trevor Bazinet takes a selfie with one of the two rinks be­hind him.

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