Outdoor skating on rinks operated by the city of Timmins is out for the rest of March Break, at least.

That’s the word from parks and recreation manager Glenn Thurston.

“We’ve closed down almost all the outdoor rinks at this point due to the warm weather and the rain has made them unsafe to be on,” Thurston tells My Timmins Now Dot Com. “If it looks like we’re going to get a long cold spell coming up, yes, we probably will reopen them.”

The rink closure could have thrown a wrench into the Timmins Community Park Association’s first-ever public event, but it definitely is not.

That event is planned for 12:00-4:00pm Sunday at Roy Nicholson Park on Pine Street North.

Media director Mark Rogers says the family skating component is a no-go, but boot hockey will go ahead, with one modification.

“We are going to move the boot hockey over the parking lot,” says Rogers, “where there’ll be more than enough space to move on with that event.”

The family snow sculpture competition will also proceed.

“I don’t see there being a problem, as the temperatures will cool down a bit,” according to Rogers. “Parents may have to break up the snow a little more for the kids, but everything else is still a go.”

Full details on what the TCPA has planned for Sunday afternoon is available through this link.