Skating The Souris River

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It’s been a strange winter.

Not enough snow to sled … or cross country ski.

But it has been cold — definitely cold enough to make ice.

Which led one community group to come with an idea so good … you”ll just have to see it.

Ice skating began on rivers and lakes just like this, not inside of arena’s and now Friends of the Souris River are getting back to their roots.

“What better way than to create a skating path on the river and get folks outside to have some fun,” said Shannon Straight, Friends Of The Souris River Member.

That was the whole thought behind creating this long ice path. Members of Friends of the Souris River spent approximately 15 hours getting it ready for anxious skaters. They had to remove the snow and then they smoothed it over with a homemade Zamboni.

“It’s really nice to skate on. It’s like smooth and it’s fun to play like pass with my uncle,” said Aidan Diehl, 11 Years Old.

“We felt like it was an opportunity for us to pick up the slack and do what’s been done in the past but also maybe you know really showcase what a great river we have,” said Straight.

There’s plenty of ice to skate on as the path runs just under 2 miles long and is a couple of feet thick.

“I like to go fast,” said Diehl.

There’s lots of zigs and zags, but there’s a reason for it.

“It’s obviously fun to have the zigs and the zags a little bit and obviously mother nature runs its course, trees fall down and we have to try to avoid some trees and some obstacles,” said Straight.

You can skate where it all began — outdoors and on the ice. 

The ice path is located in Eastwood Park.

Friends of the Souris River plan on adding hockey nets and potentially have recreational hockey games in the future.

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