Quad transformed into skating rink

While this winter’s recent cold snap has forced many students inside, it has also been exactly what the outdoor skating rink on the Duckworth Quadrangle needed.

The skating season got off to a slow start this winter due to uncharacteristic warm weather and lack of snow, but the rink is now fully functional for students to enjoy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Since winter 2005, the skating rink has been an annual tradition at the university. University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) once again helped organize the rink in collaboration with the office of associate vice-president academic Alan Simms. The costs of installation and maintenance are paid for by the U of M Physical Plant.

The idea originated with a group of students and has been a popular winter activity on campus, explained UMSU president Camilla Tapp.

“A lot of students have shown interest in having an outdoor skating rink on campus, and I think this is why the rink has continued to occur for a couple of years now,” she said.

While it is primarily used by students who live in residence, commuters are highly encouraged to bring their skates and join in the fun, said Tapp.

UMSU will also be organizing active lunch hours and some residences may incorporate the skating rink into their events.