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Outdoor rink for fun, safety

Paul Bickford
Northern News Services
Published Monday, February 7, 2011

HAY RIVER RESERVE - Young people on the Hay River Reserve are getting a new option for outdoor winter fun.

K'atlodeeche First Nation began building an outdoor rink last week.

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Scotty Edgerton, the CEO of K'atlodeeche First Nation, stands at a new outdoor rink on the Hay River Reserve. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Scotty Edgerton, the band's chief executive officer, said the outdoor rink would be ready for skating this past weekend or sometime this week.

"We need something for the little kids, the 12 and under kids, to go skating," he said.

Edgerton said young people on the reserve all have skates, but they have to ask their parents to take them across to Hay River to skate at the arena.

The reserve does not have an arena.

The outdoor rink is located next to the Chief Sunrise Education Centre.

It is being built on the site of a previous outdoor rink that operated until several years ago. A paved foundation still exists from the old rink.

The band is spending up to $5,000 on the project.

Edgerton said the outdoor rink may also be used for shinny by all ages.

"I don't know if you could play real hockey on it," he said with a laugh.

Edgerton said there had been some discussion about creating a skating area on the Hay River.

"But kids don't know when to quit, and, in the spring, that's a pretty dangerous place

down there," he said, adding the new outdoor rink will be safer.

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