Penticton won’t be adding a new outdoor skating rink anytime soon.
Community group Activate Penticton originally had planned to build an outdoor skating rink in an “under-utilized” parking lot northwest of city hall, next to a temporary washroom facility.
|The proposed location of the rink. (Activate Penticton)|
The group had hoped to “create a vibrant, healthy winter amenity for the public to enjoy at no cost to the users and for all ages.”
The plan was for the rink to be completed by Dec. 2020. However, that has since been pushed back by at least one year, according to Activate Penticton’s Drew Barnes.
When Barnes spoke to council in Dec. 2019, he had hoped to start construction by summer 2020, anticipating a Dec. 2020 grand opening.
Barnes will present an update to Penticton city council on Tuesday (Nov. 17), detailing the status of the rink.
According to Barnes’ report to council, Activate Penticton hopes to expand the project to include new heated washrooms and a storage facility. The washrooms currently in that location are not heated and will not be sufficient, reads Barnes’ report.
Activate Penticton now hopes to have the rink finished by Dec. 2021.