City says unauthorized use of Bannerman Park Loop delaying reopening

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Nighttime skaters pose safety risk as well as damaging ice-rebuilding efforts

Nighttime skaters on Bannerman Park's skating loop are delaying the ice feature from being reopened to the public, the city announced today.
People have been using the loop despite a fence, signage saying it is closed, and the lighting turned off.

The Loop

The Loop at Bannerman Park remains closed while St. John’s city staff attempt to rebuild ice that was melted by rain and removed by wind on Sunday, Jan. 12.

A news release notes the mild weather completely exposed the underlying concrete on sections of the trail.

Each day since, city staff members have been working to rebuild the ice, completed in layers 1/16th of an inch to a final minimum thickness of one inch.

The city says the ice-rebuilding efforts are being hampered by unauthorized use of The Loop at night. The ice remains thin on sections of the trail and when skated on pieces are breaking off.

This has considerably slowed down the progress of rebuilding the ice as staff have had to start from the beginning of the ice-rebuilding process each day.

Skating on The Loop while the underlying concrete is exposed is also a safety concern.

While The Loop is closed there is a fence surrounding the trail, signage is posted indicating it is closed and the lights are turned off.

The public is asked to refrain from skating on The Loop during this time, for operational and safety reasons, and to respect the closed signage.

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