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A sure sign of spring

Ice coming out at most city arenas

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Say good bye to hockey for another season and hello to lacrosse, ball hockey, roller derby and other community gatherings at most city arenas in Hamilton.

Chris Herstek, director of operations for recreation in the city, said the ice began coming out of the single pad rinks on March 29.

“For our twin pad arenas (Chedoke, Morgan Firestone and North Wentworth), it’s May 13th,” said Herstek, who noted the ice has also been left in at the J.L Grightmire and Olympic arenas in Dundas for the Allan Cup which runs April 14-19.

Herstek said taking the ice out of an arena is a process that usually takes a few days.

“They’ll turn off the compressors,” said Herstek, and then a Zamboni is used to scrape away ice that lifts from the floor and water.

At some arenas, Herstek noted they wait for all of the ice to melt and then squeegee the water off.

“Usually we wash the floor and get it ready for summer programming,” said Herstek, who oversees 24 ice pads at 20 arenas in Hamilton.

He noted ice remains in year-round at the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre.

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