EDITORIAL – Outdoor skating rink is a great idea, pandemic or not

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHAT ON EARTH is the City thinking, spending almost $5.8 million on an outdoor skating rink, in these times of a struggling economy amid the pandemic?

In a split decision, City council approved Tuesday a second attempt at getting three quarters of that money from federal-provincial infrastructure grants.

The rink was proposed a couple of years ago by a very active group of residents who saw the need for a family focused winter recreation facility. It’s not your grandfather’s skating pond — the one where volunteers sprayed water onto a flat piece of ground and waited for it to freeze.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Outdoor skating rink is a great idea, pandemic or not

  1. Plenty of family activities already available in the winter months. Was global warming/climate change just a sideshow in the absence of a virus?

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