Rinks will be ready for the skating season

August 23, 2018
For immediate release

Rinks will be ready for the skating season

Cold Lake, AB – With cooler weather around the corner, Cold Lake is ready to strap on their skates.

The new arena at the Cold Lake Energy Centre is scheduled to start developing ice next week, with an official facility opening in the near future.

“We’re planning a community open house for the public to come out and see how things look in there,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “I think the community is going to be very impressed with the expansion and the new amenities. There’s a lot of much-needed space being provided, and the new rink will get a lot of use.”

The Imperial Oil Place Arena is already open, giving the public a taste of drop-in shinny and public skating last weekend; amongst the various hockey training camps being offered. The drop-in schedules will continue to be posted on the city’s social media from week to week.

In addition to the Energy Centre locations, the North Arena will be open for the season under limited hours and a commitment with Cold Lake Minor Hockey.

“There were some concerns over ice time, so council agreed to keep the North Arena open for a limited schedule this year,” said Copeland. “Keeping it running comes with some complications though, as the building and equipment is aging.”

The city will be renting a temporary ice plant machine for the North Arena, as the current piece of equipment is well beyond its life expectancy and is no longer reliable. This will give the city an opportunity to review the utilization rates of all the rinks being operated by the city prior to making any final decisions on facility needs and on more long-term improvements.  The North Arena is scheduled to be open by mid-September.

More information on public ice times and the community open house will be announced through the city’s social media and on www.coldlake.com.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018