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Outdoor rinks turn to puddles, no skating for residents

February 1, 2024   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

If you enjoy skating, you may have to change rinks, with the Beeton and Alliston outdoor rinks no longer usable.  

After the Town announced that all conditions were a ‘go’ at Riverdale Park and Beeton Community Park, the weather took a sudden turn, and mild conditions transformed the skating surface into a soft, puddle-filled spring-like mess.

The skating surfaces were open until 10 p.m. for local residents to enjoy. 

But a notice from the Town of New Tecumseth said to refrain from using the ice if it had begun to melt. 

Unseasonably mild temperatures did just that, and the ice started to melt, making the skating surfaces unusable. 

The Town has now asked people not to skate on either of those ice surfaces.

The ice surfaces are flooded and frozen naturally, requiring temperatures to remain at -10 degrees for several days.

Once it gets cold enough, Town crews will again work to make the skating areas operational. 

In the meantime, you can head over to the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre and enjoy the ice pad there.

That ice pad is equipped with a cement pad and boards and has a refrigeration system that helps speed the natural freezing process and slows the thawing process.

It is maintained through the winter months.

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