We are currently flooding our outdoor ice rink. The ice is not consistently thick enough to handle skaters so our maintenance rope is up across the benches. Please stay off the rink until we take down the rope. Unfortunately, overly anxious skaters have already damaged the liner which is making our flooding effort more complicated.
The straight line you see in the lower right corner of the picture below is a tape line where our dedicated team of volunteers put together two of our liners. This is a strong indicator the ice is not thick enough to handle skaters.
Our flooding efforts are weather dependent. We typically require -8C or colder overnight to perform flooding. Environment Canada is predicting warm weather for most of next week so it may be another week or more before we are open.
Your dedicated group of volunteers spent approximately 30 hours setting up the rink tarps on Monday and Tuesday of this week. We should be able to start flooding once the weather becomes more winter like. Although nobody likes a long winter, it is great for outdoor rinks! Please stay off the tarps until the rink is ready. Thank you.
You may be able to see the rolled tarps at the edges of the rink. The late season wind storms last year almost did the rink in. The tarps were heavily damaged and nearly blew off the site! This year, we have rolled the tarp edges around boards and screwed the boards into the ground for the entire perimeter of the rink. Hopefully this will keep the tarp in place until we can flood.
Did you know an Alberta Government through a Community Initiatives Program "CIP" grant has a been a major contributor to our rink over the last two years? Once the initial grading was performed, the CIP grant enabled us to complete the grading and lay down 6 inches of top soil over the entire rink. In 2017, we brought in 30 truck loads of loam to cover up the exposed clay. Brian's Bobcat also came through with a huge donation of services which enabled us to extend the grant funding to partially cover our expenses this year! Hats off to the Alberta Government and Brian's Bobcat! This project would not have gone forward without their generous contributions.
We finished up the grade with another truck load of top soil spread by hand just before school started this year! All together, your rink volunteers have put in over 400 hours of hard work in mostly cold weather since December 2016.
Anyone up for a winter of fun and camaraderie? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out. We do have a fire hose and a gas powered snow blower with heated handles! Appropriate winter gear is definitely required.
Rink volunteers performed another maintenance flood last night from Marshall Springs. We are finally getting close to our rink opening. The weather has not been conducive to rink flooding this year. Temperatures were above freezing until December 19th and then it became too cold to flood. Anything below -15C is dangerous for both volunteers and plumbing! We hit -29C on December 26th!
Awesome news for our big rink! Principal Shawn O'Neill after consultation with the CBE has agreed to let our rink volunteers use two of the Marshall Springs outside hose bibs to perform maintenance floods. Having easily accessible water will make it a lot easier for our volunteer crews. With funding from our Alberta Government CIP Grant, we were able to purchase enough fire hose to go from the school all the way to the rink. The picture below is only part of the complete setup!
The 2017/2018 rink season is on it's way! With support from our successful Alberta Government Community Initiatives Program "CIP" Grant, we were able get the grading on the rink nearly complete. We also purchased over 20,000 square feet of rink tarp to keep the new loam out of our rink. An intrepid crew of 10 volunteers spent 20 man hours yesterday putting the tarps down, taping them, and anchoring them to the ground with structural wood screws. That tape is a real bear to work with in 5C weather. Thank you volunteers!
And that good looking dude in the picture? He is almost 5 feet tall.
The notorious Calgary weather has finally beaten our rink. It is a huge slush ball now and unsafe for skating. A huge thank to all the volunteers who kept the rink going for the entire season!
Our ice rink is open! A huge thank you to the City of Calgary Fire Department for performing the initial flood of our inaugural big rink. The rink is over 12,000 square feet of skating surface. Nearly 3/4 the size of an NHL hockey rink!
We have also applied for an Alberta Government Community Initiatives Program "CIP" Grant to help cover the cost of the rink. We still have quite a bit of grading, loaming and seeding to do before the project is complete.