By Mabell, Dave on December 31, 2019.
For southern Alberta youngsters, a new pair skates may have topped their Christmas wish list.
In Lethbridge, officials suggest they try them out at one of the city’s indoor ice rinks – because none of the outdoor locations are safe.
Parks staff members who check lakes and ponds suitable for skating warn the ice is still too thin for skating safely. Lethbridge weather has remained too warm for sufficient ice formation.
Despite that, children were seen skating on several lakes over the weekend.
Henderson Lake has been cleared for skating for generations, and Nicholas Sheran Lake has also become a popular spot since it was created as the first westside neighbourhoods were being developed.
More recently, Chinook Lake was built as part of the Uplands subdivision. And weather permitting, this winter will be the first for a designated skating area at the new Legacy Regional Park. Nearby – if there’s any snow – park visitors could also enjoy the new toboggan hill.
All four skating locations are monitored over the winter, allowing Lethbridge Parks officials to welcome skaters once the ice is considered safe.
Their next safety checks are scheduled for Saturday, officials say. That day, according to the Weather Network, Lethbridge residents could be enjoying a balmy 8 C afternoon.
And with a predicted low of 4 C, there won’t likely be any lake ice formed that night.