Skaters enjoy the outdoor rink in early January 2020. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Inclement weather affecting rink conditions

The Fernie outdoor rink has been opened and closed several times over the past couple of weeks, as ice conditions fluctuate with the weather.

“The outdoor community rink is a natural ice surface and that means conditions regularly fluctuate due to weather,” explained director of community services, Marta Proctor. “City of Fernie staff and volunteers monitor the rink daily and work hard to manage varying conditions and keep the rink open for the community to safely enjoy.”

All closures of the outdoor rink are posted onsite so that community members can keep up to date. If the rink is closed because of poor weather conditions, there will be a red flag up and a closed sign posted at the entrance. However, if the rink is closed for a private booking, it will be posted on the white board on the side of the warming space.

“We have had a challenging start to the season with the weather making it difficult to sustain the ice surface,” said Proctor. “We would like to thank the public for their patience, and for staying off the ice during the necessary closures.”

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On a snowy day in January, people laced up their skates for a turn around the rink. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

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