Plans to prepare Fernie’s outdoor rink for summer use are underway.
Numerous volunteers are teaming up with the Calgary Flames Foundation to get the outdoor rink ready to be used year round.
Chuck Shoesmith with Shoesmith Construction is leading the charge.
“If they have a hard surface on there, then people could probably play ball hockey or whatever they wanted on there, it would just be another usable facility in Fernie that people could use,” Shoesmith says.
He approached Rick Stebbings of Power Paving , who volunteered to pave the entire rink.
“They’ve agreed that they would pave the rink, which is about 18,000 square feet, which would come out to about $100,000,” Shoesmith says. “That’s an incredible donation. That includes the couple inches of gravel also. Its amazing that a local person would do that.”
Construction on the outdoor rink will begin this weekend.
Shoesmith says he’s amazed by just how much the community is willing to give their support.
The outdoor ice rink was built by the City of Fernie through the support of numerous volunteers and the Calgary Flames Foundation, who donated the NHL sized ice surface following October’s arena tragedy.
A fatal ammonia leak killed three men October 17th, and left the Memorial Arena off-limits for nearly an entire hockey season.
– Chuck Shoesmith, Shoesmith Construction
(Picture of Fernie’s outdoor rink in use last winter, provided by the City of Fernie)