A town isn't just a town, it's a community, and that was clearly demonstrated this fall with the rebuilding of two of the valley's outdoor skating rinks.
Members of the Nacmine Community Association, along with other volunteers, got together to tear out the old rink boards and replace them with new ones.
"When the weather turned bad once, we thought 'Oh no, we're not going to get it done before spring,' but it cleared up, got nice, we got the primer on, the first coat of paint," related Cindy Thomas, who took it upon herself to recruit volunteers for the project. "We painted the top board all around blue so that you can see where you're going, and we've got a red line painted on there, so it looks really good."
Thomas put out an appeal for volunteer workers when it was learned that some of the rink boards and the support structure behind them had rotted out and needed to be replaced.
"The first couple of times out, we had the entire Drumheller Dragons team and every time after that, whenever I would say something on Facebook, we had really great turnouts," Thomas recalled. "We're very, very grateful to everybody that did come out and volunteer some of their time."
"The Town of Drumheller put the first coat of primer on for us, Drumheller Co-op donated all the paint," she added. "Now that it's starting to get cold, we're going to get that layer of snow off that we had this weekend and we're going to start flooding very soon."
People in Rosedale are also looking forward to skating on a new rink this winter after members of the community got together to replace the old one.
Rosedale RinkPhoto courtesy Donna E. Thomas.

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