The City of Fernie is looking for help maintaining an NHL-sized outdoor rink.
The Calgary Flames Foundation donated a 200 x 85 foot set of boards to build a rink outside the Aquatic Centre while the arena remains closed.
Memorial Arena is off-limits following the suspected fatal ammonia leak that killed three men October 17th.
Jocelyn Sombrowski with the Leisure Services Advisory Board hopes the ice surface will be ready December 21st.
She says they now need residents to help out.
“We’re going to be looking for volunteers to be trained to do an evening flood and we will also need snow removal,” Sombrowski says. “My plan is to make a schedule week by week and I’m hoping to have a bit of a back-up list so that if we do get a heavy snowfall, then I’ve got people that I can call in a pinch.”
Sombrowski hopes this addresses a need for local clubs and programs.
“Our arena is really the heart of our community and we suffered a massive community tragedy,” Sombrowski says. “Its really important to the Leisure Services Advisory Board that we get youth and youth programming back onto the ice as soon as possible.”
Anyone wanting to volunteer is asked to contact the Leisure Services Advisory Board at email@example.com.
(Photo by Lacey Mitchell. Bob Mitchell Excavating working at the site of the Fernie Outdoor Rink.)
– Jocelyn Sombrowski, Leisure Services Advisory Board