Pipestone Community committee members and core rink volunteers each put in 600 hours of volunteer work to renovate the Pipestone Community Rink this year. From left to right: Dave Pockrant, Andy Dansereau, Colton Huber, and James Huber. Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer.

Pipestone Community committee members and core rink volunteers each put in 600 hours of volunteer work to renovate the Pipestone Community Rink this year. From left to right: Dave Pockrant, Andy Dansereau, Colton Huber, and James Huber. Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer.

New renovations complete on Pipestone Community Outdoor Skating Rink

New boards and chain-link fence on sides of rink to reduce puck loss.

The Pipestone Community Outdoor Skating Rink has a new facelift this winter season.

After finding concerns regarding the old boards at the rink, they were officially deemed unsafe by the Pipestone Community Society and Pipestone School staff. The old boards had faced many seasons and were rotting and some had nails poking out.

The rink was initially built before the 1970s and the previous boards had never been replaced.

One of the Pipestone Community committee members, James Huber, saw an add for new boards in June and immediately the rest of the community committee agreed that the Pipestone Community Society should purchase them for the rink.

The new boards were purchased second hand from the old Golf Dome in south Edmonton.

“It was a perfect fit for our scenario,” said one of community committee members, Andy Dansereau.

“We went in, a group of us went in there and ripped it down and transported it,” said Director of the rink renovations and community committee member, Dave Pockrant. Within a week of the boards purchase the community committee members handling the rink had the boards taken out of the Golf Dome and transported the Pipestone Community Rink.

After a few trials and tribulations of setting up and aligning the boards, the volunteers were ready to start the process of installing the boards, which including hiring contractors and working with them on welding, digging, and attaching the proper security for the boards.

The four main volunteers and community members that worked on the rink, James Huber, Colton Huber, Dave Pockrant, and Andy Dansereau each put in approximately 600 volunteer hours.

After the board instillation the core volunteers installed a chain-link fence on the far sides of the rink. Using chain-link instead of plexi-glass allowed for the rink maintentance team, the same group of volunteers who renovated the rink, to snow-blow the ice and reduce puck loss into the trees behind the rink.

This spring before the beginning of the renovations, 189 pucks were retrieved from the wooded area next to the rink.

They estimate that the fence will be able to keep about 90 per cent of the pucks in the rink, versus before when there was no barrier.

Ice is currently being created and Pockrant says it will likely be complete by the weekend of Nov.28-29.

Participants at the rink are asked to be respectful of one another and stay within their cohorts as well as social distance from others. Masks are not mandatory, but are highly recommended when in the skating shack, as well as reducing the amount of people inside at one time.

However, all AHS provincial mandates are to be followed, and these rules may be subject to change.

There are no rental times for the rink and it is free for community use. The core rink volunteers want to thank the Pipestone School staff for all their help and cooperation with the renovations, as the rink is located on school property.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Newly renovated Pipestone Community Rink is expected to be ready for use before the end of November. Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer.

Newly renovated Pipestone Community Rink is expected to be ready for use before the end of November. Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer.

Just Posted

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine deliveres to Canada are being delayed because of complications at their European distribution facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Delays of Pfizer vaccine delivery to impact Alberta’s vaccination plans

Alberta has administered 74,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
City of Wetaskiwin’s active COVID-19 cases drop below 100

Active COVID-19 cases in the City of Wetaskiwin are dropping.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Alberta eases some COVID-19 restrictions

Salons, barbershops and other personal and wellness services will be open by appointment only

Chelsey Rain. Photo provided by Wetaskiwin RCMP.
Wetaskiwin RCMP trying to locate missing woman

23-year-old Chelsey Rain has been missing since New Years Day.

City of Wetaskiwin still seeking members for Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Photo/ City of Wetaskiwin.
City of Wetaskiwin still seeking members for Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Goals of Task Force include decreasing hate crimes and discrimination in the community.

Lesser Slave Lake UCP MLA Pat Rehn. (Facebook)
Kenney kicks Pat Rehn out of UCP caucus after municipal complaints

Rehn had been criticized by municipal leaders in his constituency

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

(Via the Canadian Press)
Alberta monolith comes with message to save eastern slopes of Rocky Mountains

‘They deserve our attention. They warrant our protection. They are under threat’

blessing
Bentley Blessing Pantry continues to faithfully serve the community

‘We just wanted to make everyone aware that we are still here to serve you throughout this coming year.’

A Suncor logo is shown at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 2, 2019. A worker is missing after a dozer broke through ice on an inactive Suncor tailings pond in northern Alberta.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Worker missing after dozer breaks through frozen tailings pond in northern Alberta

The worker was an employee of Christina River Construction

File Photo
‘You took away some real joy,’ Sylvan Lake Winter Village turned off after vandalism

Sometime during the night of Jan, 12 the light display at the pier was vandalized and damaged

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID clarity: Feds say 42-day gap for 2-dose vaccines OK as provinces race to immunity

‘Realities on the ground’ means that provinces, territories will have difficult choices to make

Most Read