Civic Square’s out­door rink ex­pected to be ready Satur­day


Skaters can soon glide across the ice at Civic Square when the out­door rink is pre­pared for use this week.

De­pend­ing on the weather, town o cials say the ice should be ready for use by Satur­day.

“Our out­door rink is ac­tu­ally very sim­i­lar to a hockey or any kind of in­door skat­ing rink – it’s arti cially frozen,” said Joel Dawe, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Parks and Recre­ation for the Town of Truro.

To make the rink, tarp is laid down on the grass and pipes are laid over it. Wa­ter is pumped through the pipes and cooled with gly­col to main­tain the ice layer. Dawe de­scribed the process as “ba­sic heat trans­fer.”

All go­ing to plan, peo­ple can skate at Civic Square un­til early March, but hockey games are not per­mit­ted, as pucks can in­jure peo­ple or dam­age nearby ve­hi­cles.

“We do main­te­nance and keep the rink safe, but we don’t have mon­i­tor­ing 24 hours a day and hockey in­ter­feres with peo­ple who just want to skate,” said Dawe. “We want it for the en­joy­ment of every­one.”

Once the rink is open, peo­ple can bor­row skates and hel­mets from the Dou­glas Street Recre­ation Cen­tre.

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