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article imageMan disappointed over lack of skaters at free ice rink he built

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 29, 2012 in Lifestyle
A man is disappointed that the free public skating rink he created on his property is lacking visitors. All frozen, smoothed and ready for skating, few people have come to enjoy the free rink.
Norm Price, of Calgary, created a giant skating rink on his property after his nephew told him city rinks are crowded and expensive. Building a frozen version of a "field of dreams", the skating rink was reported on in late November by CBC News. At the time Price had high hopes it would be a to-go place for skaters to enjoy.
“Once friends ... spread the word about how big the pond is, and how easy it's going to be to skate around without bumping into each other, I think it will do well,” Price explained. “It's kind of like my field of dreams.”
Unfortunately, since that time it seems Price has had few visitors, recently telling CBC News, "I need skaters".
“We've got great lighting in the evenings. We've got two hockey nets; we’ve got a place for you to warm up," Price, 43, told CBC. "We've got hot chocolate, hot dogs, all sorts of goodies. We've got nice clear ice. We just had it flooded a week ago.”
“Bring your family down, bring your friends down, bring your neighbours down," he said.
To build the rink, Price had flooded three acres of land and had plans to offer free skating in the spacious rinks he'd created. The land had initially been flooded by the addition of a new highway, but Price decided to turn it into a free area for all to enjoy, spending about $200 a week out of pocket for fuel, and hoping to keep it going on donations, as he plans to continue offering the skating rink next year.
The National Post published a lengthy interview with Price.
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