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North Okanagan community without ice rink for rest of winter – Okanagan

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A North Okanagan community will be without its only ice arena for the rest of winter.

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The City of Enderby announced on Thursday that the refrigeration system at Enderby Arena and Curling Rink needs immediate repairs.

“Unfortunately, a sudden increase in corrosion inside of the refrigeration system has led to a build-up of sediment affecting one of its critical components,” said the city.

“As a result, brine circulation pumps are drawing air into the system. If left unchecked, this causes deterioration in the system.”


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The city stated that if the refrigeration system wasn’t shut down, more damage could have occurred, which could have led to a significant safety hazard.

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“This problem will require the immediate shutdown of the system to perform the necessary repairs and prevent damage,” said the city, adding public safety is its top priority.


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Repairs will include clearing the sediment and eliminating the source of corrosion. However, this means the rink will be closed for the foreseeable future and all ice-related events are being cancelled.

The city said refunds will be provided to affected groups.

It also apologized and hopes the rink will return to regular operations in September.

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