By Mabell, Dave on January 21, 2020.
Thanks to the weekend’s chinook, it’s now warm enough to enjoy outdoor skating.
And due to this month’s cold snap, two Lethbridge lakes have been declared safe for skaters.
So far this year, “It’s the first time this winter that lake ice at Chinook Lake and Henderson Lake is thick enough to meet City of Lethbridge standards for outdoor skating,” says parks manager Dave Ellis.
But ice conditions at Nicholas Sheran Lake and Legacy Lake do not meet standards for public use, he adds. Outdoor skating is not permitted there currently.
Ellis says specific areas are being cleared for outdoor skating at both Henderson and Chinook Lake, in the Uplands neighbourhood.
Thickness of natural ice varies from place to place, he says, so residents are reminded not to skate alone and to avoid skating in the dark. This week’s warmer temperatures could change ice conditions, he points out, so residents are asked to call the Lake Ice Line at 403-320-4974 or visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/OutdoorSkating before heading out.
Parks staff members assess ice conditions in designated outdoor skating areas weekly to determine if they meet standards for public use – a minimum average ice thickness of 12 inches, allowing it to be safely cleared with equipment.
Ellis says storm water ponds are not monitored because moving water and fluctuating weather conditions lead to unknown, unpredictable and dangerous ice conditions. They’re never considered safe for skating.