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Edmonton’s outdoor skating rink at city hall closes 3 days after it opens

Eric Beck, Global News

UPDATE: On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 27, the city tweeted that its ice maintenance crew had made “good progress in getting the crack in the ice surface filled in” and that the rink would reopen Friday evening.

It was a beautiful Boxing Day in Edmonton, but those hoping to enjoy the sunshine with a skate at the city hall outdoor rink were out of luck.

The city shut down the skating rink on Thursday due to unsafe conditions, just three days after it opened.

Edmonton's City Hall outdoor rink closes on Boxing Day due to a crack in the ice, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Edmonton's City Hall outdoor rink closes on Boxing Day due to a crack in the ice, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Eric Beck, Global News
Edmonton's City Hall outdoor rink closes on Boxing Day due to a crack in the ice, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Edmonton's City Hall outdoor rink closes on Boxing Day due to a crack in the ice, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Eric Beck, Global News

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The city said the closure is due to a crack in the ice. A crew was seen pumping water to fix it on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the city says it’s uncertain when the rink, part of the $17-million wading pool renovation, will reopen.

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