PARRY SOUND – If the rink is closed, stay off the ice.
Despite closed signs posted at the Kinsmen rink, skaters have been known to hop the boards and skate anyway, ruining the ice town staff are attempting to make.
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That’s the message town staff want to get out to the public regarding the outdoor rink in Kinsmen Park.
Ratepayers have asked why the ice hasn’t been ready yet, and it’s not just the weather that’s slowing the progress of making ice, said Peter Brown, director of public works.
“As you know, we’ve been experiencing some significant weather – dips and dives. We’ve also been dealing with members of the public who will show up when the rink is closed, when the signs are up and the doors are closed and they’ll still be using it,” Brown told council at its Tuesday evening meeting. “They’re basically wrecking the ice that we have to the point that the crew was there late one night and somebody jumped over the closed door and began skating while they were flooding the ice. We are having some problems with that.
“We are doing our best to inform the public that the rink is not open yet. I’m hopeful that the rink will be open this Friday for public skating.”
Coun. Bonnie Keith suggested a sign saying specifically skating on the rink when it’s closed will ruin the ice.
“The signs that are posted, do they clearly indicate to people that if they should disobey the signs, the consequences to the ice and why that would not be a good thing to do?” asked Keith.
“We have not identified the reasons why, we’re just saying the rink is closed because of a lack of ice. I think we’ll still get people jumping over the boards, but we could add to (the signs),” Brown said.
The ice is expected to be complete today.