An outdoor skating rink was recently constructed at Predator Ridge and now the City of Vernon is looking into what it would cost to build something similar at Polson Park. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

An outdoor skating rink was recently constructed at Predator Ridge and now the City of Vernon is looking into what it would cost to build something similar at Polson Park. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

North Okanagan skating rink proposal sharpened

City of Vernon investigating costs of constructing rink amid plans for a new $90 million rec centre

With a new $90-million recreation facility on the horizon, the proposal for another outdoor skating rink is being questioned.

A rink at Polson Park has been suggested, as a means to spruce up the park and provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities.

But costs need to be calculated first, to determine just how much Vernon taxpayers can swallow.

“We already have a downtown rink,” Coun. Akbal Mund at the Monday, Jan. 11 council meeting. “This will be another large cost to the taxpayer. We have to watch where we’re spending our money and why we’re doing it.”

A proposed $90-million active living centre is on the books at the old Kin Racetrack. It could also be a potential location for an additional outdoor rink.

But Coun. Scott Anderson would like to see a rink at Polson Park, along with his recently approved fire pits.

READ MORE: Vernon sparks idea of fire pits in Polson Park

The idea, which originally came from Coun. Dalvir Nahal, has received a lot of feedback.

“This would be a game-changer,” said Nahal, who would like to see Vernon have something like Kelowna’s Stuart Park rink.

Predator Ridge recently constructed a rink for its residents, but city staff warn that something in Vernon would be a lot more costly.

“Realistically, we need to look at public washrooms and change rooms and a Zamboni and a Zamboni room,” chief administrative officer Will Pearce said.

Mund also pointed out that a lot of money has been invested into the existing outdoor Centennial Rink for a new chiller.

But the update means Centennial has been closed for the season.

READ MORE: Vernon outdoor rink closed for season

Mund also cautioned if a rink is constructed in Polson Park, the oval is highly saturated and would not be suitable without some significant work.

Coun. Brian Quiring excused himself from the discussion as his firm, which builds hockey rinks among other facilities, could possibly be used for cost estimates.

City staff will report back to council with costs.

READ MORE: Skating rink proposed for Vernon’s Polson Park


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Figure SkatinghockeyOutdoors and Recreation

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Flooding has become a reality for many communities in the Okanagan Valley as the region faces more extreme weather storms, blamed on the impact of climate change. (File photo)
Okanagan high target for spring flooding

Higher snowpack and mild winter precipitation levels raise concerns for Canada’s insurance industry

Interior Health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 and two new death in the region Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
79 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Interior Health

Both of Friday’s deaths were both recorded at long-term care homes

Sanders was dressed for the cold weather in Penticton Friday, as he made time to check out one of the city’s iconic landmarks. (Parkers Chrysler / Facebook)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders spotted in Penticton

Sanders seems to have developed a taste for local craft beer

Sunnybank in Oliver. (Google Maps)
Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver reports third COVID-19 death

The facility currently has an outbreak with 35 cases attached to it

Veteran Henry Kriwokon has his photo taken by the Western as he celebrates his 99th birthday with friends at the Cellar in Downtown Penticton. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
Turning 101, Penticton veteran looks back on life

Henry Kriwokon was one of the soldiers in the famous ‘Wait for me, Daddy’ photo

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 is International Lego Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 24 to 30

Lego Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Puzzle Day are all coming up this week

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely B.C.’s first in for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

Kimberly Proctor, 18, was murdered in 2010. Her family has spent many of the years since pushing for a law in her honour, that they say would help to prevent similar tragedies. (Courtesy of Jo-Anne Landolt)
Proposed law honouring murdered B.C. teen at a standstill, lacks government support

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has concerns with involuntary detainment portion of act

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Administrative headquarters for the Regional District of Central Okanagan in Kelowna. (File photo)
Tempers fly over a pricey picnic shelter in the North Westside

Lack of detail on $121,000 shelter expenditure further incites self-govenance wishes

Big White Village on Dec. 16. (Big White photo)
11 more COVID-19 cases linked to Big White cluster

Interior Health provided an update on the cluster on Friday

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital surgical unit

Despite 6 South being a surgical unit, RIH said surgeries are continuing at the hospital

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Historic poem is appropriate for new U.S. president

In 1941, Roosevelt made reference to poem by Longfellow

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

Most Read