Funding announcement gives plans for new Falkland, B.C. ice rink roof a boost

Decades of work to improve Falkland’s community rink got a big boost this week when the regional district announced it will be putting $50,000 towards a new roof for the ice sheet.

The latest project is putting a roof on the outdoor ice sheet, which often melts in direct sunlight.

The aim of the $300,000 project is not only to lengthen the skating season but also to give the village a new amenity that can host summertime events such as farmers markets.

The village is even making a bid to be named Canada’s Hockeyville in a national competition in the hopes of earning more money to fix up the rink. The Hockeyville title comes with a $250,000 prize for the winning community’s arena.

While the jury is still out on the Hockeyville title and Falkland faces lots of stiff competition, the community got a big break this week when the regional district announced it would give $50,000 to the roof project.

“We were ecstatic,” said Kim Churchill, who coordinates the community’s skating rink.

“I immediately stopped what I was doing and texted and phoned everybody on the committee … we celebrated for the afternoon.”

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