REPORTING · 8th October 2014
On Friday, September 26th, the Kitimat Ice Rink turned 50 years old and representatives of Kitimat’s Ice Skating Community were present to cut the ribbon for the rededication the Rink. Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Mike Forward unveiled the Plaque for the rededication.
“The Kitimat Ice Rink, commonly known as KIR is celebrating its 50th Birthday today. It was officially opened on September 26th, 1964 with a grand opening celebration that included guest speakers, a bag pipe troop and representatives from user groups and City Council. Over the years, this community corners stone has been host to various celebrations and concerts. It has meant the world to generations of figure skaters, hockey players and speed skaters. Thousands of youth and adults have used this area over the past 50 years,” said Monaghan.
She explained the original floor of the rink was made of a solid cement slab, which allowed lacross games and roller skating to take place, until it cracked in the early 1980s and it was replaced with a sand floor.
“It will continue to be a key part of the recreation facilities that the residents of Kitimat and visistors to the community can enjoy for many more years,” said Monaghan.
Forward explained there were a number of Kitimat skaters who moved on to prominence in the NHL and in figure skating.
“As an adult ice user myself with two young children who are starting to use the rink, I’m looking forward to many more years ahead in this rink which has a truly amazing history,” said Forward.
The anniversary was celebrated with food, cake, a free swim and a free skate. The Ice Demons Hockey Team came out to skate with the people of Kitimat. There were pictures of the classic rink and there was quiz on the history.
Martin Gould, Amy Slanina and Brenda Ray admire some of the rinks history