Shinny on the rink is back on

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

After a mild start to the season, the Town of Fort Frances’ outdoor ice rinks are shaping up. The two rinks should be in better shape now that the weather has cooled down.

The Town of Fort Frances rinks are on Fifth St. East near Huffman Crt and on Colonization Rd. West near Emo Rd.

Chief Building Official and Municipal Planner for the Town of Fort Frances Cody Vangel says that the rinks are a great source of winter fun given the long winters in the area.

“I think it’s a good community asset to have,” Vangel said. “It introduces kids of all ages to hockey or skating. It’s a great family activity to get out and enjoy and pass the winter by. We have up to six months of winter here to provide a nice place to play for kids to get outside.”

With COVID-19 back on the increase in the community the rink shacks at the rinks will remain closed to the public but Vangel says they hope to have seating for people to put on skates as they did last year. The rinks are also lit at night.

“When the lights are on, skating is welcome,” Vangel said.

Unless staff or volunteers are there performing maintenance on the rinks people should feel free to skate, he said. So, if you find yourself bored indoors this winter, grab your skates and get out on the ice.