Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and a couple community volunteers help flood the ice skate path in Centennial Park Tuesday night. The second year of the feature, created by community volunteers, has become an exciting addition to Ponoka. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Flooding Ponoka’s ice skate path has begun

The flooding may take a few days to ensure the ice has a strong base

Flooding Ponoka’s ice path in Lion’s Centennial Park has begun.

The path was cleared and readied for flooding by Town of Ponoka staff, including Rod Carrick, and over the next few days volunteer firefighters with the Ponoka County East District Fire Department will flood the path.

Flooding will take a few days to ensure there is a solid base of ice to allow for skaters and ice maintenance. Completion of the path is dependant on the weather.

For the next few days Ponoka is expected to see temperatures around minus five to minus seven degrees C with the weekend becoming sunny and warming up to about zero degrees. Temperatures are expected to drop in the evenings.

This will be the second year of Ponoka’s popular ice skate path that has seen strong support from residents. The ice path is made possible through many volunteer hours from community members and groups.

With the park seeing additional Christmas lights in the park, the area has become quite a sight for Ponoka.

Once the ice path is ready, folks will be able to get into their skates at the gazebo right next to the Fort Ostell Museum. For now, however, the Centennial Park pond is open to families for skating as long as the ice maintains its thickness.



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Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department and a couple community volunteers help flood the ice skate path in Centennial Park Tuesday night. The second year of the feature, created by community volunteers, has become an exciting addition to Ponoka. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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