BCA Outdoor Rink Update – Now Open!!

We are pleased to announce that the new outdoor rink in Briarwood Park is now ready for use! The final flooding was completed and the surface is ready for skating. We will be posting the rink rules at the site as soon as we receive the sign from the printer which should be in the next few days however in the meantime please note the rules that we have below. We are still arranging for a power supply but will hopefully have lighting installed over the weekend for evening skating.
BCA thanks the following organizations for financial and other assistance with this project as well as the many volunteers who assisted with the rink setup:
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Nickel Plumbing and Heating (1985) Ltd.
  • Rempel Brothers Construction
  • Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services
  • K+S Potash Canada
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BCA Outdoor Rink Taking Shape!!

Residents walking through Briarwood park in the next few days will notice that we now have the boards installed for our new outdoor rink directly behind the Briarwood Community Centre on the ball diamond. This is a low board rink that will be removed in spring. In the coming weeks, we will be installing the liner and then flooding the skating surface. Please ensure that the boards are not tampered with and the surface is not used for skating until we announce that it is available for use!! Due to the uneven ground, the flooding will be done in stages and until we have sufficient ice depth over the entire surface there is a risk of damage to the liner. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to having this new venue available to the residents of Briarwood as soon as possible. We are still looking for volunteer help with the final setup in the next 2 – 3 weeks so please contact us at briarwoodca@gmail.com if you can assist. Thank you.

Briarwood Pond

Briarwood Pond Rink Update

As indicated in the Briarwood Community Association December newsletter, we were not allowed to set up the pond rink until Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services deemed the ice safe (16 inches). We were advised informally on January 8 that the ice was now safe and that signage around the lake would be flipped up. Unfortunately, this was also the start of the most recent cold weather which prevented us from doing ice surface preparation until this past week. Although the signs have still not been flipped, on Friday, January 19th we attempted to do ice preparation however the freezing/thawing cycles we have experienced since the ice formed has created a frozen layer of slush on the surface and cannot be removed with our existing power equipment. Our only option at this time appears to be contracting heavier equipment to remove the top layer however this would require additional approvals from the City of Saskatoon. As a result, it is quite possible that we will not be able to set up the pond rink this winter.

If you are interested in the future of a skating surface in Briarwood, either on or off the lake please take a few minutes to complete our survey which also appears on this website. If you are interested in assisting with future setup and ice maintenance, please include your contact information in the comments. We are planning to bring forward a motion to invest funds for equipment and material to construct a temporary rink surface in the proximity of the Briarwood Community Centre at the Annual General Meeting currently planned for Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Please watch for further information on this issue and please plan to attend.

Thank you.

Briarwood Community Association Board of Directors

Intersection Changes

As work progresses on a new interchange at Boychuk Drive and Highway 16, a new temporary intersection and adjoining detour roads will open on Sunday, July 2, 2017. The temporary intersection and adjoining roads are located just to the west of the existing intersection and will remain in place until the interchange opens in 2019. The temporary intersection will operate in the same way as the existing intersection and is not expected to cause further traffic delays. Drivers are reminded to slow down to 60km/h through the construction zone. To learn more about the Saskatoon Interchange Project, visitsaskatoon.ca/interchanges.