Cooler temperatures, machinery will have us skating on Saturday
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.”
A City of Kelowna employee drives a Zamboni to build up the ice at the skating rink at Stuart Park on Tuesday.