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Leduc outdoor rink closed indefinitely after weekend fire

Fire damaged the Southfork skating rink in Leduc on Jan. 28, 2023. Fire damaged the Southfork skating rink in Leduc on Jan. 28, 2023.

An outdoor skating rink in Leduc is expected to be closed for the season after a fire on Saturday, the city announced Monday.

Crews were called to the Southfork skating rink around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

The city says the blaze caused significant damage to the facility, but no injuries were reported.

"We were disappointed to hear this news over the weekend but are grateful that no one was injured," Leduc Mayor Bob Young said in a news release. "Community safety is one of our top priorities and we are fortunate to have a skilled Fire Services department that quickly responds in emergencies like this one."

Barricades and signs have been set up and the city says fencing will be installed later this week.

Residents are asked to stay away from the rink and visit Mark Hayduk Park or Caledonia Park School if they wish to skate.

Southfork Rink opened in 2022 and was built in partnership with the neighbourhood developer at a cost of $800,000, with the city contributing $200,000.

The cost and potential timeline to repair the rink has not been determined.

The developer released a written statement on the fire.

"Tamani Communities is extremely saddened to hear of the fire at the skating rink and are thankful there were no injuries. We are working with the City of Leduc on next steps and the repair," Vanessa Sambrooke wrote.

"Bringing the skating rink to Southfork was a partnership between ourselves and the City of Leduc and we look forward to when residents will be able to enjoy it again"

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