From The Gazette


Kirkland examines quality of its outdoor rinks

In light of the conditions of its outdoor rinks, Kirkland may consider stopping outsourcing maintenance to potentially installing artificial ice, Mayor John Meaney said during the council meeting Monday.

Resident John Hamilton was incensed he had to travel to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue during the Christmas holidays because the rink in Canvin Park only opened Jan. 4. He contends the quality of the ice surface at Canvin is generally in poor shape.

Citing $80,000 a year to run a handful of outdoor rinks, the cost is too high, Hamilton said. “Services in other municipalities are better, plus we don’t have the rinks open early enough in the day.”

Hamilton added Kirkland’s contractors often only come at night to work on the ice.

Meaney responded the city will review the situation.

Resident Bob Cox wonders why the city won’t invest in an artificial skating surface.

“At least start with one (artificial rink) and keep a few ice rinks and see what the consequences are and then maybe we can have two,” he said.

Meaney said the city would have to study the feasibility of using artificial ice surfaces, durability of the materials used, as well as installation and related operating expenses.

Weather permitting, Kirkland has outdoor rinks at Canvin and Heritge parks, which are open from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays and as of 10 a.m. on weekends. There are also rinks at Holleuffer, Kirkland and Ecclestone parks, which open at 4 p.m. weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends.

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