One of the main organizers behind Fernie’s new outdoor ice rink is praising the community for its support.
The City of Fernie will hold an opening ceremony 5 pm Thursday night with the Calgary Flames Foundation, who donated the 200 x 85 foot structure.
The opening ceremony will include a public skate with Calgary Flames alumni and the Fernie Ghostriders.
Leisure Services Advisory Board Chair Jocelyn Sombrowski says nearly 100 residents have helped with construction.
She feels the project has had a great impact on the city.
“I believe that our actual arena was the heart of our community and there’s hardly a person in our community that hasn’t spent some time in our arena,” Sombroski says. “This has been a huge step in the healing process, a place where we can gather again and get youth programming back on the ice.”
Sombrowski says she’d like to see the rink become a permanent fixture in town.
“I understand the city has only committed to it for this particular season,” Sombrowski says. “Moving forward, I think it would be a huge asset to our community and something that I know the Leisure Services Advisory Board would be willing to work towards.”
Sombrowski says over $225,000 in supplies and labour costs have been donated by the community.
The NHL-sized ice surface includes changing rooms, player benches and heated zamboni storage.
– Fernie’s Leisure Services Advisory Board Chair, Jocelyn Sombrowski
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Hopkins)