Some new amenities are coming to a Fort Saskatchewan neighbourhood.
In 2014, the city began looking into adding an outdoor rink to the park in Southfort Meadows. The intent was for the rink to be built in 2015, but due to a slow-down of development at that time, the project was delayed and the park itself wasn't finished until 2021.
Work to design the new outdoor facility is now underway. The plan is to have a full-sized outdoor rink with lights and a concrete surface so that it can be used year-round.
"Central Lacrosse Association was looking for an outdoor site, they could use a lot of lines for lacrosse ball hockey. There will be basketball matches, those kinds of things," said Grant Schaffer, director of fleet facilities engineering.
A support building will also be constructed with washrooms, a skate-changing area and a small garage to store equipment. A parking lot for the area will be built as well, and a separate snowbank rink for skaters that don't want to play hockey.
The construction budget is just over $2-million.
The city hopes to begin construction in the summer and have the rink open for next winter.