A popular Aberdeen ice rink was due to reopen today after being closed for a month for maintenance.
Sport Aberdeen took the decision in June to close the Linx Ice Arena for four weeks over the summer holidays in order to fix a “long-standing” issue at the rink.
Work began on July 23 at the Beach Esplanade venue widely used by both adults and children for a number of activities including ice hockey and figure skating.
It was during routine maintenance by engineers in March that the sport body was told of a small leak in the refrigeration plant.
Sport Aberdeen told the Evening Express that if it was left untreated it could have caused more damage to the ice arena.
The work worth in the region of £27,000 will fix the issue ahead of the organisation’s busy peak ice skating season.
The arena is also used as the venue for home games of the Aberdeen Lynx Ice Hockey Club.
The club is preparing for the upcoming season with a game against the Solway Sharks in a pre-season challenge on Saturday.
Aberdeen Lynx chairman Martin Hill welcomed the upgrades.
He said: “Aberdeen Lynx are looking forward to seeing the changes the repairs to and maintenance of the plant have made to the ice, along with the decorative improvements in public areas and enhancement of the former shop space to a multi-use area, which the club intend to utilise on a regular basis.
“We appreciate all the hard work and investment that has come from Sport Aberdeen.”
The arena is also home to another two ice hockey clubs and has youngsters taking part in figure skating and synchronised skating.
Director of operations and asset development Keith Gerrard had previously told the Evening Express the repairs would help the rink’s “longevity”.
He said: “Sport Aberdeen is committed to encouraging and supporting people to participate in physical activity and these repairs are crucial to ensure the longevity of Aberdeen’s only ice arena.”
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