Blewett Community Ice Rink for hockey and skating is coming to the Morning Mountain Recreation Area this winter, and plans are well underway. The project was initiated by the Blewett Conservation Society (BCS) a couple of years ago under the leadership of BCS member Shari Imada.
The Society was successful in obtaining a $5,000 Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) grant, through the Community Initiatives Grant program Areas E and F, for the rink itself. The RDCK received a further $30,000 Community Works grant, which will allow for site preparation, a high pressure waterline, hydrant and lighting.
The site of the rink is at the bottom of a series of mountain bike and recreational trails (transited by the Trans Canada Trail) adjacent to the lower Morning Mountain parking lot. Water from the well adjacent to the upper parking lot, will be piped down to a hydrant next to the rink with estimated pressure of 150 gpm that can flood the rink in 30 minutes!
The BCS held a BBQ recently to raise awareness in the local community, to discuss the plans for the rink, and to seek donations and volunteers for various aspects of the project. The event was well attended in spite of inclement weather. RDCK Area E Director, Ramona Faust, a supporter of the rink from the beginning, took part in the meeting and reminded us that the waterline will also connect to a bike wash station for the mountain biking community’s use at other times of the year.
The design for the rink had input from Shari Imada, Malcolm Fitz-Earle, Lukas Armstrong of Cover Architecture and other members of the community.
The boards for the rink will be supported by brackets built with help from students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Program. Donations of materials for the boards and fasteners are being sought. The boards will allow for disassembly following winter. The ice will be frozen over a plastic liner.
Volunteers are still being sought for various aspects of the project: help with installing the water main, milling lumber for the boards, assembly and disassembly of the rink, and rink maintenance during the winter. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org