Outdoor skating rink in Westview been 'quite busy'

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The outdoor skating rink at the Westview Dry Pond has been well received, says the mayor.

“It’s been really welcomed by the community, so I really do appreciate everyone involved who’s taken this on,” she said during the Jan. 4 council meeting.

Neil Smith, the Town’s chief administrative officer (CAO), said that arena staff have put a “considerable” amount of work into the initiative and members of the Nanton fire department have provided some in-kind support. On behalf of the Town, Smith thanked Steve Rooke and Carter Fath for clearing off the snow from the ice surface.

“If council, after this winter, considers this a good long-term outdoor rink solution for Nanton, some professional advice will need to be sought to balance such a use with the infrastructure’s primary purpose of stormwater storage and drainage,” he wrote in a report. “It is possible that some minor capital works would be required to make seasonal use easier to re-establish while preserving the dry pond’s essential primary purpose.”

Smith suggested in his report that the topic would be one well suited for the Town’s recreation and culture committee to take on.

During the Jan. 4 council meeting, Smith said the location does offer “a lot of good possibilities,” but added he will leave it to council and the community to determine if the “little experiment” is a success.

“It is getting a good bit of use, but of course we aren’t out there with a clicker counting the users – but it has been quite busy,” he said.

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