For the first time in what seems like forever, you can lace up your skates and hit the ice on a now frozen Trout Lake in East Vancouver.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Vancouver Park Board tweeted that the lake has 12 centimetres of frozen solid ice and is safe for unsupervised skating.
The Park Board has also gone ahead and temporarily removed the “Danger” signs situated on the lake’s surface.
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) January 5, 2017
The news has many local skaters excited, and eyeing the possibility of skating on other lakes and ponds in the city including Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon in the near future.
While the Park Board has yet to confirm the likelihood of that happening, it is hopeful given the latest temperature drop that has led to people ice skating on residential streets.
The last time lakes and ponds were safe to skate on in Vancouver was in 1996 during a notable holiday season.
Lifeguards AKA “ice patrols” measure ice in lakes & ponds every day. The last time conditions were safe for public skating was in 1996! pic.twitter.com/Mb9ypr0nhw
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) January 4, 2017