As COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted and the province begins to thaw, Terrace is set to become a little bit more frozen.
The Terrace Sportsplex will have ice installed in the main arena in mid-August, however the arena will not be open to the public.
The City of Terrace said that the decision to put in the ice was to honour its commitment to ice users who rented ice in January and have pre-paid. There are no extra costs associated with installing the ice compared to previous years.
All rentals are private, and the Sportsplex will remain closed to the public for the time being. Rentals from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4 will be similar to past years, with Infinite Ice’s holistic hockey school and the Terrace Skating Club taking up the majority of ice time.
“At this point, the ice groups who have pre-paid are re-confirming their ice requirements and once we know their schedules there may be time left over for private ice rental,” said Carmen Didier, director of leisure services at the City of Terrace in an email.
Plans are being developed to open both the Sportsplex and the Terrace & District Aquatic Centre but the city said that it will not announce any timelines or definite plans until the review process is complete and presented to city council for approval.
Terrace plans to put its second sheet of ice in this October but should the province take a step back in its COVID-19 recovery plan the city will review its operations and abide by all public heath orders and recommendations.