The Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association (KOSA) is still lobbying for a new outdoor skating rink for the community.
The idea has been floating around for several years, but it’s never really got off the ground.
Steve Gainey with the KOSA says Canadian communities from coast to coast have rinks, including Sun Peaks and Kelowna.
“We’ve sung that tune especially because they’re quite so close,” he said. “It’s not just about global warming and different things that are affecting it.”
“It’s just about adding a recreational facility to your city that is a big part of Canadian Culture. A lot of people have skates and the price is right to go out and have a nice twirl and enjoy some outdoor activities.”
Gainey adds they have a couple of potential locations – Riverside Park, Mac Island , or possibly at Stuart Wood school.
“My original concept was [Albert] McGowan park up on the hill with the pond already there,” Gainey added. “It’s kind of an outdoor skating culture and with a little longer period, maybe [we] even [get] an indoor facility there in the future.”
Gainey says they’re waiting to hear back from the city on what a budget and other options could be.
He believes if Kamloops builds a little larger outdoor rink, it might also help draw in tourists.