Community rink built at Port Williams tennis court

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on December 24, 2016

Griffin Abbott, Luke Russel, Max Thompson, Austin Woodland and Hunter Woodland help place the plastic retainer for the outdoor skating rink at the tennis court by Port Williams Elementary School. The Rover family - Eddie, Owen, Finley and Tyson - was also on hand to assist with the construction of the rink.

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PORT WILLIAMS - Port Williams is likely to be a hub of activity this winter.

The tennis court next to the Port Williams Elementary School will be transformed into an outdoor rink open to the general public.

“This is the first time we are doing it there on the tennis court. I think that location is great for the community because it’s so central,” said Joseph Memet, recreation director for the Village of Port Williams.

Representatives of the village commission, school and Port Williams Volunteer Fire Department have all been involved in making the outdoor rink a reality. The school’s principal, Lana Burns, helped secure a $700 grant for the project, the Village of Port Williams contributed $500 and the fire department volunteered to flood the rink once the framing was in place.

“In terms of what it’s going to do for the community, probably that’s the best dollars spent,” said Memet.

“Kids can use it right after school for after-school programs, and there is plenty of parking.”

Volunteers are welcome to help with the maintenance of the rink, Memet said.

“When you have an outdoor rink, maintaining is the hardest job.”

With the rink located near hills that are ideal for sledding, Memet plans to also have snowshoes available at the site to give people of all ages plenty of options for winter activities. He’s also in the process of planning Friday night skates under the stars that would be complete with hot chocolate and, potentially, a bonfire.

“We have a strong community that enjoys that. There’s so many… hockey families in Port Williams,” said Memet.