Village park ice rink

Photo by Susan Boyes

Photo provided by Terry Martin

Photo by Chris Varga

Photo by Chris Varga

Rink Update Jan 28 2016

posted Jan 28, 2016, 11:36 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 11:37 AM ]

Although the unseasonably warm weather delayed the rink opening, it now appears to be fully operational.
Midnight magic.  Mist rising from the ice in -26 celcius temp after flooding the rink Photo by Chris Varga

Rink Update 2015

posted Jan 11, 2015, 11:42 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 5:11 PM ]


Do you like the rink or not like the rink?  Photo by Chris Varga
Have you been wondering if or when the Village park skating rink is going to be ready this year? 

Due to uncooperative weather and other factors things have been on hold. 

Efforts are now underway to get the rink up and running. 

Also please consider volunteering your time to assist with both rink maintenance and supervision.  

Contact Councillor Barb McMurray by phone or via email to get involved.
Phone: 705-645-3706

Done for now

posted Feb 17, 2014, 3:22 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Feb 17, 2014, 3:22 AM ]

It has been a great season for skating.  We have had a lot of snow, frigid temps and other iterferences, but there has been a record # of days that the rink has been usable.  It has proved difficult to maintain updates this season, so for now we are going to take a break posting status updates.

Rink update: January 29th, 2014

posted Jan 29, 2014, 8:03 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 29, 2014, 8:03 PM ]

Mother nature continues to through a steady stream of snow and cold weather at us.  The ice condition is good, but due to the lack of flooding quality days, the ice has not been resurfaced in a while. 

Also more volunteers are needed to assist with snow clearing.  If you are willing, just go down to the rink and start shoveling anytime you have time. 

New shovels donated mystery person(s)

posted Jan 16, 2014, 12:13 PM by Van koughnet

Thank you to the mystery person(group) who left shovels at the rink (even marked them as property of the rink).   We would be happy to give credit where credit is due if who you were we knew.

Due to some unknown party vandalizing the rink and breaking the shovels.  Rink maintainer(s) were not going to replace the shovels. 

Hope patrons take better care of these kind contributions.

Please put them in or up against the change room immediately after use to avoid loss in snow or damage by and to snow clearing equipment.

Rink update Jan 15th 2014

posted Jan 15, 2014, 6:57 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 6:58 AM ]

The rink was flooded last night.   There are still a few areas near the back of the rink that have not fully frozen, but the overall surface is pretty smooth.  Some good hard skating is required to grind down some of the surface roughness and bumps.

Rink Update Jan 14 2014

posted Jan 14, 2014, 10:19 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 1:15 PM ]

Conditions at the rink.....GREAT considering the crazy weather. 
Snow, rain, tons of branches down.

Due to a FLU (I mean few) unexpected factors, rink maintenance and posts have been at a minimum.
Because so many people ask how it's done, why it's done that way and why don't you do it "this way", here is......
A little bit about the Vankoughnet rink:

This rink is in an ideal location that makes it able to withstand many variables in weather, especially warm spells.  Due to the shelter it receives from the surrounding trees, it is well protected from the ravages of the sun and from blowing snow. 
The Way the rink is maintained also helps it withstand all that nature throws at it.   Some people put a tarp down, and/or edge the perimeter with boards and sometimes plastic sheeting to keep the water in.  This can prevent volumes of water escaping, but it also creates the swimming pool effect during a thaw, and the large volume of surface water takes a significant amount of time to refreeze.  Time (days even) are lost waiting for the rink to freeze up again...and it's not terribly fun to skate in large puddles of water.  Besides, the Vankoughnet rink is so large and the onsite well used to flood it does not give the ability to fill it up like a swimming pool.  There is really only enough water for a light resurfacing.  

Without the perimeter boarder the surface water can naturally drain from the rink preventing any major pools of water.  Because of this, during many thaws it can still be skated on.  When the temperatures drop, the rink freezes quickly and any downtime is reduced.   Removing the nets during the thaw prevents them from melting large grooves into the surface.  Removing any piles of snow on the rink and around the boarder during the thaw prevents large frozen mounds from forming...that are terribly hard to remove after the temperture drops again.

Also doing all that extra work adding tarps and board and plastic is...extra work.  It would require, before season setup and after season teardown.  With the "limited" volunteer maintainance crew...and money, it is not a good addition.  It is also yet another thing to repair and maintain if there is "accidental" damage....and don't forget the swimming pool effect!

Rain is a free flood if managed well.  Remove slush and snow piles, let nature do the rest. 
These photos are taken the day after the thaw.  Looks (almost) like new.  

Rink update Jan 13 2014

posted Jan 12, 2014, 10:05 PM by Van koughnet

The last few weeks have been challenging with weather highs and lows and rain and snow.  Recurring, long lasting power outages and a nasty flu bug have hampered efforts to maintain the rink.   No flooding has occurred since Boxing day, however the recent warm spell with lots of rain gave us a free and natural flood.  The current surface conditions are rough but manageable.  The surface was cleared and snow banks were beaten back on Jan 11 (during the warm spell), so the large snow piles left on the rink and the encroaching snow banks did not freeze solid and cause major headaches. 

Due to vandalism of the onsite community shared shovels, there is only one left and it has been bent significantly making it not terribly useful.  Due to these repeated inconsiderate acts, the shovels will not be replaced.  Please bring your own shovels to clear any snow that may be left on the surface.


posted Jan 2, 2014, 8:08 AM by Van koughnet

1 -2 inches of snow coving the rink that is in need of resurfacing.   The rink experienced a huge flow of traffic during the Christmas holidays.  It was very nice to have it up and running and a lot of fun was had.  Unfortunately with the many power outages and a virulent flu bug, the resurfacing only occurred once (on Dec 27th, 2013).  3 of the 4 shovels left at the rink for public use have been broken with the remaining shovel functional but badly damaged.  

Please treat the facilities and provided equipment with care.  Without the support of those who use this rink, the facility can not be maintained.


posted Dec 26, 2013, 5:46 AM by Van koughnet

Although it was not possible to flood last night.... THANK YOU to who ever it was that pushed the bulk of the snow of the rink hand. With the hard icy layer on top, it would have been a tough job. We are hoping Santa will bring some new shovels for the rink.   In the mean time, you might want to bring your own shovel.
Thanks to John O'Byrne for coming in this AM and clearing the driveway and pushing the banks back.

Merry Christmas.

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