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Just in time for the town’s annual Winter Carnival, Killarney’s rink is now covered with a functional roof, ready for year-round activities, such as hockey games, fundraisers and community dances. On February 4th, 2011, the residents of Killarney kicked off the weekend celebrations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a game of kids’ hockey and a choir of school children, punctuated by some festive fireworks.
This new rink roof will shield sport participants and spectators from the elements–both harsh winter winds and summer sun–while saving Killarney some significant costs.
Having a roof over the rink will help the ice surface last longer, which means that less of Killarney’s money will be spent on water for ice resurfacing, on person-hours to operate the resurfacer, and on overall maintenance to deal with weathering. In the summer, the roof will shield residents against high summer temperatures, allowing them to enjoy the recreation program that features sporting activities on the concrete pad.
The rink was built thanks to the contributions of the governments of Canada and Ontario, with each providing $123,750 towards this project, while the Municipality of Killarney covered the balance of the total project cost of $371,250. This funding partnership was key to raising the roof on this isolated community’s recreation facilities.
With added protection from wind and snow, Killarney’s residents will now be able to skate, dance, and stay active at the rink all year long. Here’s to this rink serving its community for many years to come.