Residents who were looking forward to trying out crokicurl this winter can rest assured — the City of Fort St. John will still install a crokicurl rink. The problem so far, and reason it hasn’t been built yet, has been the warm weather and rain the city has seen recently.
The city's grounds crew have their eyes set on installing the rink next week, when the weather is forecasted to be around -7 C each day, said Robin Langille, director of facilities and grounds.
“As soon as they’re able, the grounds crew will be out in full force flooding the rink,” Langille said.
This is also the plan for the Matthews Park Skating Ribbon and the Kin Park Outdoor Rink by Bert Ambrose Elementary. In fact, flooding on both ice surfaces has already started, since more ice is needed for skating compared to a crokicurl rink, Langille said.
The crokicurl rink will be placed on the old gymnastics building lot between the North Peace Arena and North Peace Leisure Pool. The rocks will be stored in a locked outdoor cage or shack close by, with details to come on what times the rocks will be available to the public.
Crokicurl is a mix between curling and crokinole, where contestants will take turns sliding mini curling rocks along the ice, between wooden poles or pegs. The person who throws their rock closest to the centre gets the most points. It caught on in towns all across Canada last winter, and Langille thinks it will be just as popular here in Fort St. John.
“I’m really excited to get it going and see how the city embraces it. There’s lots of potential for what we could do with it,” said Langille.
Langille suggested a crokicurl bonspiel or contest of some kind as possible activities down the road.
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