Ice users in Dawson Creek are noting they are getting a better deal for ice when they don’t shop local.
One representative of an ice user group says the local ice rink used to be open for hockey camps and figure skating seminars in mid-August, with ice fees the same amount as during the year - at an hourly rate is $109.
“This year, the city proposed to the user groups that they would put ice into the rink (in mid-August) but the hourly rate would be $376!”
Users note one hour of summer ice would be equivalent to four hours of ice during the year. Minor Hockey and the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club declined because financially the cost would be far too great for the clubs and the families.
“The results is that our children will no longer be able to have ice available to them for the last two weeks of August. This has a huge impact on the youth in our community that have come to depend on this ice in order to be competitive in the region, province and surrounding areas.”
The Village of Tumbler Ridge has offered free of charge, ice time for minor hockey to be able to host their camps and tryouts.
“What a great community! Families from Dawson Creek will now be camping, eating and spending their money in Tumbler Ridge.”
Figure skating to go to FSJ
Fort St. John has also offered the MOFSC ice for the last two weeks in August.
“To put this in perspective, figure skating families will be paying less money for 10 days of skating in FSJ than 1 hour of summer ice time in Dawson Creek. Figure skating families will be spending their money in FSJ.”