The volunteers set up one full boarded rink and one partial boarded rink this year. The decision was made as a result of low volunteer turnout and to provide the opportunity to trial a different system. It may be easier to clear snow off the ice without the side boards and this trial will help determine how we prepare our ice rinks in the future.
A new landscaper, Elite Yards, has been contracted to flood and shovel the rinks. They will start flooding in December as long as the temperatures cooperate.
During this season, the EPRA Board will monitor the amount of days the rinks are usable. With climate change, we are noticing that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the ice. Statistics will be kept in order to facilitate decisions about the rinks for next season.