Kick off public skating for the holiday season!
Minor hockey and figure skaters will have an opportunity to try out the new surface followed by an open-skate for the public with music from DJ Aurora, bonfires, and Lions Club Concession with hot dogs and hot chocolate.
The grand opening of the outdoor rink will kick off a holiday schedule of public skating that will be available daily, weather-permitting, from first daylight until 10 pm. Limited scheduled programming is slated to begin on the ice in early January. The rink is located next to the Fernie Aquatic Centre on Pine Avenue, close to Historic Downtown Fernie.
The NHL-size natural ice rink (200 by 85 feet) is being constructed on City land adjacent to the Fernie Aquatic Centre thanks to generous donations from the Calgary Flames Foundation, National Hockey League (NHL), Canadian Arena Products, the Fernie Lions Club and numerous community donors.
“The mandate of the Calgary Flames Foundation includes the goal to improve the quality of life for people in our community,” “We hope this impact is made in Fernie and the outdoor rink becomes a second home to many residents. It has been inspiring to watch the community rally around this project.”
~ Ken King, CEO and President of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Flames Foundation.
“Seeing the effort of the community to come together over the past weeks to prep the site, erect the boards, make the ice, and add changing rooms, heated Zamboni storage, and get this ice ready in time for the holidays has been amazing. There has been tremendous support with over $200,000 donations in time, services, and materials from within the community and from outside donors that have made this possible and volunteers have stepped up and are ready to maintain the ice over the season.”
~ Mayor Mary Giuliano