NEW GLASGOW – The weather outside the past couple of days might indeed have been frightful, but for volunteers making ice at the Westside Community Centre it was delightful.
From left, Frank Proudfoot, Jason Patriquin and Bob Curley move a large tarp into place for an outdoor ice surface at the Westside Community Centre. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Frank Proudfoot, Jason Patriquin and Bob Curley were busy Friday getting two ice surfaces started at the centre. Weather permitting, the ice will be ready for use on Sunday, making this one of the earliest starts to their season in recent memory.
In addition to the concrete pad surface they use to create the main ice surface, they also build one in the field beside it, so that various groups can take advantage of the ice at different times.
Patriquin said they have a good group of about 25 volunteers who take turns coming down at night to keep the ice in good shape.
Curley just hopes that the weather co-operates and stays cold.
“Last year we had an awful time,” he said. “We couldn’t keep ice.”