The frigid blast of arctic air is getting river skating preparations back on track at The Forks.
It’s been an unseasonably warm winter so far, but thanks to the recent cold, crews have finally been able to start working on preparing the Red River Mutual Trail.
“What they’re hoping to do is, by spreading water on top of the existing ice,” explains spokesperson Chelsea Thompson. “They’ll be able to get that thickness that makes it safe to bring the vehicles down so that we can actually start to really build some sort of trail and to maintain it.”
Thompson says the ice needs to be at least two feet thick and at last check, it was still less than a foot.
“They’re working away at it. It changes on a day-to-day basis, but we’re hoping, maybe with a week to have some news of something to open.”
Thompson adds that the RAW:almond pop-up restaurant has been moved onto land near the historic rail bridge overtop the Assiniboine River. It runs from January 21 to February 14.