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Curling Rink Closure

For Immediate Release

December 9, 2014

Despite initial test results showing zero ammonia at the Dawson Creek Curling Rink, the last two tests have revealed ammonia in the brine for the Curling Rink Facility. This means that the City has no choice but to immediately close the facility. Staff will work with the BC Safety Authority on a plan to neutralize the brine and de-activate the facility.  Once the ammonia has been neutralized and the chiller drained, the curling rink will be able to re-open the banquet facility for scheduled events.

Based on this information, the Curling Rink will be closed for the remainder of the ice season and consultants working on a remediation plan for the Memorial Arena will be asked to also consider the Curling Rink. Identifying the cause of the leak will allow an action plan for repairs to be created which Council will use when they consider the 2015 budget. User group input will be essential to assist Council to determine what expenditures are rational going forward.

Mayor and Council appreciate that the closure of two recreational facilities offering winter sports and recreation in our community has created disruption for many residents.  Throughout this entire process, the safety of the public has been and will continue to be the first priority.

For further information please contact:

Mayor Dale Bumstead at 250-784-3616

Barry Reynard, Director of Community Services at 250-784-3605

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