They're called community skating rinks and you can find one in most of the mining communities that now make up Drumheller.
On Thursday, September 7 the term 'community' took on new meaning for the people rebuilding the boards at the outdoor rink in Nacmine.
"Last time, we only had four people show up: this time, I went a little bit early, I was just going to get everything set up and ready just in case a bunch of people showed up," recalled Cindy Thomas of the Nacmine Community Association. "When I rounded the corner there was a line-up of cars and trucks, I looked ahead and all I could see were just bodies at the skating rink."
"(There were) 28 Drumheller Dragons and the coaches," she continued. "Kevin (Hasselberg) kept those boys helping and hopping: they were digging posts out through gravel; they were working like crazy out there."
Many hands make light work and Thomas said most of the demolition is done, with some reconstruction already accomplished. They're planning another work bee next Tuesday, September 12 and the Dragons have promised to show up and help once again.
So, what do volunteers need to bring?
"We need people that have (cordless) drills: if you've got a (corded) power drill you can bring a huge, long extension cord; hammers; you need gloves because we are treating the wood with wood preservative and you don't want to get that on your skin, so definitely bring gloves and your friend."
The outdoor rink in Rosedale is also getting a rebuild this year. Crews have removed everything, including the concrete pad, and construction will happen this month.

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