After last month’s arena tragedy has left the community without a place to skate, Fernie will build an outdoor rink.
Memorial Arena remains closed as RCMP investigate the suspected ammonia leak that killed three men October 17th.
A group of volunteers have come forward to help with the construction of the ice pad beside the Aquatic Centre.
Fernie Lions Club Member Chuck Shoesmith says residents are grateful neighbouring Elk Valley communities are helping out with ice-time but admits its been tough without their own facility.
Shoesmith says everyone still feels a bit lost and helpless with the arena closed, waiting for a conclusion and not knowing when the facility will reopen.
So, he explains the group wants to get the ice surface complete by Christmas and they’re getting a major assist.
After learning of the tragedy, the Calgary Flames Foundation donated an outdoor skating rink package to the City with a 200×85 foot set of boards.
Shoesmith suggests it’s a very generous gift, worth roughy $60,000.
He says they’ve consulted with the foundation and the timetable is favourable to have the rink built as soon as possible, but joked Mother Nature has to lend a hand at that point.
As soon as City Council approved the outdoor rink Monday night, Shoesmith says volunteers got to work and are currently preparing the site.
It’s estimated the rink will cost the City approximately $25,000 after donations.
The Fernie Lions Club member says they’re accepting any kind of support.
– Fernie Lions Club member Chuck Shoesmith