Cold Lake, AB – Two shinny rinks have been prepared in the Cold Lake Marina Basin for use by the public. The rinks will be open for public use as of 4:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 1.
The public is advised that the condition, strength and stability of lake ice can change dramatically depending on temperature, precipitation, wind, and the amount of sunshine. To help communicate the current safety of the ice, the Marina shinny rinks make use of a flag system.
A yellow flag means skaters should use the ice with caution. Lake ice is not meant to replicate indoor ice, and the presence of bumps and cracks is inevitable. Skaters are advised to use caution when on the ice and use of a helmet and other protective gear (such as protective gloves, knee and elbow pads) is strongly recommended.
A red flag means dangerous conditions have been observed, and the public should not go onto the ice. Dangerous conditions can develop at any time on lake ice, so the public should be mindful of changing conditions.
Skaters should not use the rinks alone. They should make sure they are accompanied by others when using the shinny rinks and inform family/friends of their intended time of return. If you should see someone fall through the ice call 911 immediately.