Cooler tem­per­a­tures, ma­chin­ery will have us skat­ing on Satur­day

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By Daily Courier Staff

Some­what milder than nor­mal tem­per­a­tures this week haven’t raised con­cerns about a pos­si­ble de­lay to the open­ing of the Stu­art Park ice rink.

The pop­u­lar rink is sched­uled to open for pub­lic skat­ing on Satur­day morn­ing, in time for the an­nual down­town light-up.

City crews be­gan flood­ing the rink overnight last week, with that work planned to con­tinue to­day and to­mor­row.

Other sea­sonal prepa­ra­tions in­cluded at­tach­ing a large wreath to the out­side of City Hall, as­sem­bling the Baby Je­sus na­tiv­ity scene in Kerry Park, and putting to­gether a large ar­ti­fi­cial tree next to Stu­art Park.

Tues­day’s high of 7 C, along with an equally mild fore­cast for Wed­nes­day, means tem­per­a­tures have been run­ning about four de­grees above nor­mal for late Novem­ber.

But slightly cooler con­di­tions are fore­cast for the rest of the week, with a high of just 1 C on Satur­day.

“Based on the cur­rent fore­cast, we’ll be skat­ing on Satur­day,” said Steve Fa­gan, the city’s arena su­per­vi­sor. “The re­frig­er­a­tion equip­ment we use for the rink can hold the ice in place un­til tem­per­a­tures of about 6 C, so I don’t think we’ll have any prob­lems.”

GARY NYLANDER/The Daily Courier

A City of Kelowna em­ployee drives a Zam­boni to build up the ice at the skat­ing rink at Stu­art Park on Tues­day.

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