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By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Stephen Peacock CAO of Cobourg looks at the shiny surface of the outsdoor ice pad Monday afternoon.   TED AMSDEN/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/QMI AGENCY

Stephen Peacock CAO of Cobourg looks at the shiny surface of the outsdoor ice pad Monday afternoon. TED AMSDEN/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/QMI AGENCY

COBOURG - There will be ice at the Cobourg harbour-area outdoor artificial rink by the end of the week barring an unexpected rise in the mercury, says the town's chief administrative officer.

The ideal circumstances are temperatures below zero at night and no higher than six or seven degrees during the day time, if there is sunshine, Stephen Peacock said in an interview this week.

Staff have looked at the forecast for the week ahead and expect that ice-making procedures will take place in the latter part of it. The goal is to have the surface ready for skating by Saturday at the earliest or Monday at the latest, Peacock said.

It takes two to three days to create the ice rink surface on the base that sits between the harbour and Albert Street adjacent to the bus stop at the park.

The ice needs to be three quarters of an inch thick before people can strap on their skates and twirl around.

The process involves controlling the area where the water is applied to the concrete pad so that it freezes as it hits, Peacock said. It is built up in layers until the desired thickness.

Use of the rink is free.

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