City council’s approval for a fall completion date for Hollinger Park restoration opens the door for the Timmins Community Park Association’s cornerstone project: a skating rink.

Media director Mark Rogers says the association is charging ahead with its plan.

“We’ll be working with the city to ensure that the skating rink will be up and running as soon as weather allows,” he states.

Rogers adds that the exact configuration or shape of the rink hasn’t been finalized.

“The skating rink will not be figure eight as it has been in past years, but more of a skating oval.”

The rink is the major catalyst behind the creation of the all-volunteer group.

“As the Timmins Community Park Association grows,” Rogers says, “we’ll be looking to offer all the services that were there in the past, from skates to change trailer to coffee and so on and so forth.”

The organization is still considering other projects at other city parks, such as pond hockey on Gillies Lake.