As promised city crews are clearing a rink and some walking paths on Williams Lake Thursday, Feb. 18.
Mayor Walt Cobb was down at Scout Island just a crews got underway making the rink and bringing some bleachers in as well.
“We wanted to get this done sooner, but Mother Nature was doing her thing,” Cobb said.
Public works has been monitoring the ice and it is at least a foot thick, he added.
There will be walking paths over to the Dutch Point boat launch and back and anyone using the skating rink is encouraged to wear a helmet.
The city is hoping the cleared areas will give the opportunity for residents to enjoy some safe physically distanced outdoor activity as winter continues.
The mayor said city crews will be installing the Boitanio rail park this weekend near the skate park.
“While winter is here we hope we will get everyone out to enjoy the weather,” Cobb added.
Users are asked to be respectful of the environment and follow the directions on the signage at Scout Island.
“For the safety of all users, hockey is not permitted,” the city added in a news release Thursday afternoon, noting users must follow all COVID-19 protocols including physical distancing.
This story was updated Thursday afternoon with further information from the city.