Westsyde rink kept going thanks to volunteers

By Adam Donnelly
December 29, 2017 - 4:03pm Updated: December 29, 2017 - 5:40pm

KAMLOOPS — If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that involves frozen water, and skating instead of swimming, one of your best options in the city is the outdoor rink at Centennial Park out in Westsyde.

The rink is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Westsyde Community Development Society, including Ron Kuchma, who was out with another volunteer, laying down some fresh water Friday morning. Kuchma says without the society, the rink might not be a reality.

“I’ve been involved in it for six years,” Kuchma told CFJC Today. “I’ve taken over the reins form other people who’ve volunteered over the years.”

According to Kuchma the rink is one of the city’s hidden gems. He’s always amazed when people from the community tell him it’s their first time visiting. For him, the best part is seeing how much enjoyment people get from skating outside.

“Just watching the people. Getting enjoyment out of that,” Kuchma said. “[Thursday] I was here around 5 o’clock, and there were 25 people on the ice. There was a hockey game… young families on. That’s my joy.”

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