Monday, December 27, 2010

Cleaning the Rink

Cleaning the Rink, originally uploaded by susanvg.
A few years ago, the city installed refrigeration equipment under the plaza near the chalet at Beaver Lake. This means even when the weather goes a bit above 0°C the ice stays hard. The rink is well maintained with plows and zambonis along with shovellers and sweepers so it is a popular spot for skaters. The nearby chalet provides rental skates and more importantly a cafeteria where you can get hot drinks.


One part of the rink is reserved for beginners, with cones and metal devices which can be pushed while those less steady on their feet learn how to skate. I've never been comfortable on skates, but love to watch as others glide around.


  1. What a wonderful resource to have. However, I'd probably be using the chalet more than the rink. For me, the best part of skating is how good my feet feel when I take of the skates. The walking and watching would definitely make the trip worth while though. I like how you captured the beginners. They look very intent on learning their new skill.

  2. Wow! That's some Zamboni! Looks like fun is had by all!

  3. This doesn't look anything like the pond I skated on as a girl! Very modern and high-tech. It looks like a lot of people are out, enjoying the fun. Happy 2011, Susan.