The storm water pond in the Anders neighbourhood, traditionally maintained as an outdoor skating surface, will not open for public use this season.
The natural ice surface in this area is undergoing an active strategy to mitigate an unwelcome odour that arises each spring, the City of Red Deer announced Monday. This strategy includes lowering the water level which will reduce ice thickness, making the pond unsafe for public use.
Red Deerians are asked to stay off of the storm pond this winter as this trial strategy may prevent freezing to a proper thickness throughout the winter months.
The city will be trialing this active strategy on two other storm water ponds in both Laredo and Timberstone.