May 26, 2015


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Snow kills river skating

IF you're looking forward to skating on the Assiniboine River at The Forks, we have some bad news: Friday's snowfall means you must wait a little longer.

Despite a month of sub-zero temperatures, the ice on the Assiniboine River isn't thick enough to be deemed safe to support people, Forks officials said Friday. Workers at The Forks hoped to open a skating section in the frozen boat port for a small hockey rink, but now must wait until it stops snowing to shovel the rink.

"First we test the ice, then we start shovelling it," said Dave Pancoe, special projects manager at The Forks. "Eventually, after we start, we'll pour water on top until it's thicker.

"Once it's smooth and ready, we'll scrape the river with a Zamboni."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2014 A10

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