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Over 50 skating rinks will open in Ekaterinburg this winter

20 ноября 2009 21:32

Pouring of ice proceeds in the Ekaterinburg yards at full speed. This year 53 sports grounds where children will be able to play hockey and skate will function. According to the problem set by the Head of Ekaterinburg Arkady Chernetsky, in comparison with last year the quantity of skating rinks did not decrease, in spite of difficult economic terms.

As the director of municipal establishment «Sportservis» Aleksey Antoshin informed, for today 12 skating rinks have been poured, 9 ones would be poured soon. As he said, the positive moment was that work began in November, instead of December as one year ago. Then delay was caused by absence of snow and warm weather.

The technology of pouring is simple enough: Firstly snow is rolled on the skating rink; whereupon it is damped to form ice crust then skating rink is poured with a few layers of water. All process takes about 5 days, and the final thickness of ice should make not less than 10 centimeters. For the purpose of prevention of damage of «fresh» ice by young hockey players who are impatient to start playing, the specialists of «Sportservis» work at nights.

The greatest quantity of skating rinks in Kirovsky district and Zheleznodorozhny district are finished for today. Less quantity of finished skating rinks is in Chkalovsky and Verkh-Isetsky districts. According to Aleksey Antoshin, all 53 sports grounds will be finished by December, 10th, and by this time provision of the districts with skating rinks will be levelled.

Besides, this year 5 snow-removal tractors were bought for snow clearance of the grounds. This machinery will allow to clean ground 30x60 metres for one and a half-two hour, not depending on thickness of snow. Earlier this process was manual that was labour-intensive enough and took much time.

Let's add that the Administration is going to carry out two popular hockey tournaments on these grounds - the championship of the city among domestic teams and the first stage of the All-Russian tournament «Gold puck». As Aleksey Antoshin noted, judging by demands, quantity of participants both in that, and in other action will increase twice as much as last year.

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