Update: Southfork skating rink closed after fire in Leduc

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The fire at the Southfork skating rink on Jan. 28 started in the players bench area and spread east severely damaging the players benches, plexiglass roof and walls. The electrical power source to the rink has been ruled out as a cause. The cause of the fire is undetermined. The RCMP have opened an investigation due to the circumstances of the fire.

Original News Posted Jan. 30:

City of Leduc Fire Services responded to a fire at the Southfork skating rink shortly after 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, that caused significant damage to the outdoor ice amenity. The skating rink, which opened in late 2022, is now closed and is not expected to reopen this season. 

No injuries were sustained during the incident. An investigation to determine the cause of the fire is underway. 

“We were disappointed to hear this news over the weekend but are grateful that no one was injured,” says City of Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Community safety is one of our top priorities and we are fortunate to have a skilled Fire Services department that quickly responds in emergencies like this one.” 

Barricades and signage have been set up to secure the site. Fencing will be installed later this week. Residents are asked to stay away from the rink and to visit Mark Hayduk Park or Caledonia Park School, two nearby outdoor ice surfaces, if they wish to skate this season.  

The rink was constructed in partnership with Tamani Communities, the neighbourhood developer, and cost roughly $800,000 to build. Of that, the City’s contribution was roughly $200,000. The cost and potential timeline to repair the outdoor facility has not yet been determined.