Penticton's outdoor ice rink sees opening pushed again as supply chain delays hold up construction

Outdoor rink pushed again

Casey Richardson

Pentictonites will have to wait a little longer to glide across the ice in downtown, as the long-awaited outdoor rink next to City Hall has had to push its opening once again.

Originally slated for a mid-December opening, the rink was missing components and delayed until this upcoming weekend in January, just in time for the now-cancelled BCHL All Stars Game. It will not meet that timeline.

There is disappointment from the non-profit group behind the rink, Activate Penticton, that they could not open in January.

“We've had quite a few delays, due to COVID supply chain issues, flooding in between us and Vancouver, snowstorms to the east of us. But despite all that, the local companies and trades have been down here working through the holidays, getting the rink ready for a mid-February ice,” Drew Barnes, President of the Activate Penticton Society said.

“We will have the equipment up and running probably at the end of January-early February and are hoping to have a soft launch in the middle of February.”

The boards, the glass and the pumps all arrived the past few weeks, the main piece the rink is missing is the actual chillers themselves. Concrete was poured in early December.

“I think it's been a lot of work up till now. It'll all be worth it. Once we have people skating on the rink and February here.”

There’s hope the rink will have a month or two of public skating once it launches.

“The rink is chilled and will continue to produce ice up to 10 degrees Celsius. So as long as the weather holds out, we can go as long as we can,” Barnes added.

All funding needs have been met to launch the ice rink in February, but the society will continue to push for donations 2022 to add a few more features.

Barnes added a big thank you to everyone who stepped up and contributed to the project.

“It's kind of humbling when you realize how many people in the community have come together, how many donors have stepped up, and it's just neat the community we have here.”

The group also has plans for the summer including a market and an outdoor game space for bocce ball and cornhole.

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