Flooding the rink: Digby ice will be ready Oct. 7

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on October 1, 2015

DIGBY – Rink staff and a crew of volunteers have been busy getting the ice in at the Digby rink.

Rink supervisor Danny Harvieux said they started 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 with help from four members of the Digby Regional High School hockey team – Dawson Acker, Riley LeBlanc, Ethan Thomas and Noah Thomas.

They spent almost twelve hours Wednesday walking up and down the rink spraying water with a white paint in it and put down about a 1/4 –inch of ice.

Harvieux figured another 12 hours Thursday, Oct. 1, to put down the lines and logos.

Harvieux plans to start with the Zamboni Friday and figures about 50 floods will give them a ½-inch to full inch of ice.

He’ll invite the boys who helped with the first day of work to come back and “skate in” the ice.

“That blends everything in and roughs up the service so I can level it,” he said.

The first rental is the skating club on Wednesday.

Harvieux had planned to have the ice in a week earlier but they ended up needing parts for the dehumidifiers.

“We couldn’t have done this without those dehumidifiers,” he said Sept. 30. “This is the worst possible weather. 30 degrees and sunny is better than 15 and wet.”