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Slab poured at new rink
Chantelle Deacon - Jul 9, 2018
It was a big day for Vernon's new Kal Tire Place North.
The concrete slab has officially been poured bringing the new ice rink one big step forward to completion.
"They are moving very fast," said Doug Ross, director of recreation services, City of Vernon. "There are over 35 people here on the crew today and they rotate people through so that they can keep working throughout the day."
Crews started working on laying down the concrete slab just after 6 a.m. Monday morning and they aren't expected to be finished until the early hours of Tuesday morning.
"What they're doing right now is they are covering up the brine lines that will actually chill the ice slab and actually allow us to make ice," Ross said.
"They first had to level it all," he said. "Then they put in heating lines to make sure it wouldn't frost and heave the ice slab. Then they covered and levelled that, then they put down 15 kilometres of brine lines. On top of that goes insulation and vapour barrier and then mesh."
After a long series of steps work crews can finally cover up the surface with concrete.
The company, Reward Construction Ltd. was flown in from Edmonton to do the job.
"They're specialists in what they do," Ross said. "They indicated that they've done ice rinks all the way from the Southern United States all the way up to Tuktoyaktuk."
The rink now has to set for 37 days before ice can be made on the surface.
The area is set to be open up to the public by Sept. 1 of this year.