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Outdoor rinks close due to warm temperatures

Recent warm weather is to blame for Cranbrook and Kimberley’s outdoor rink closures.

City of Cranbrook officials said the skating area on Idlewild Lake will be closed to all public access.

“The safety of the public and our user groups is paramount, as the risk of falling through the ice is quite high,” said city staff.

Meanwhile, the City of Kimberley is also asking residents to stay off the ice for now.

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“Love it or hate it, these temperatures are wreaking havoc on our outdoor rinks,” said city officials. “We’ve closed them for the time being in order to be able to recover more quickly once temps cool down again.”

Environment Canada officials said daytime temperatures will likely stay in the low positives until late next week.

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