Trout Lake opened to skaters for first time in 20 years
Monday, January 9, 2017, 1:12 PM - Hundreds of Vancouverites took advantage of a rare treat this weekend, as the Vancouver Park Board opened Trout Lake to skating; something that hasn't happened since 1996.
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The agency announced last Wednesday that the ice was solid enough to support skaters, and removed the barriers and danger signs, allowing residents to flock to the ice for the first time in 20 years. Patrols measured the ice at 12 cm thick.
Residents were quick to make the best of the rare opportunity, pulling out the skates and hockey sticks and hitting the ice.
An inspection late Saturday prompted officials to close the ice to skaters again on Sunday, due to safety concerns brought on by heavy usage and warmer temperatures.
The Vancouver Park Board said they would assess the ice again on Monday, and that the ice would be reopened if and when it was deemed safe to so do.
There may be some good news ahead for would-be skaters, forecast-wise, as Arctic high pressure is set to dominate the Prairies through most of this week, setting up prime conditions for Arctic outflow over the Lower Mainland and Metro Vancouver. Highs through Thursday are expected to hover just below the freezing mark for most of the region.