While continued warm weather is a welcome start to winter for some, it may put a damper on the opening of Saskatoon’s Meewasin skating rink.
Doug Porteous, the interim CEO of Meewasin Valley Authority, said they need some co-operation from Mother Nature to open on Saturday as scheduled.
“Three to five centimetres of snow and an extended period of cold weather, because it’s natural ice,” he said in regards to the ideal conditions.
While they already have enough snow to build up the sides of the rink, there is some concern it could melt if the warmer-than-normal temperatures continue much longer.
“We’re hoping for Saturday (to open) but we’re just going to watch the weather,” Porteous said. “We want people to have great ice. If not, we’ll make an announcement that it would be delayed.”
Even if the rink, located near the Delta Bessborough Hotel, doesn’t open Saturday, the annual rink lighting ceremony will go ahead Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This year the rink was partially funded with $45,000 from the city.