— 680 CJOB (@680CJOB) January 21, 2016
Strap on your skates, the river trail is open at The Forks.
A recent blast of frigid temperatures have allowed crews to get their heavy machinery on the ice.
Manager of Special Projects at The Forks, Dave Pancoe tells 680 CJOB his crew only started working 10 days ago.
“Monumental effort by the crew,” Pancoe said. “They were just working around the clock trying to get it going.”
The trail begins at The Forks and extends to Queen Elizabeth Way on the Red River. Next, crews will either extend the trail south on the Red or west on the Assiniboine.
“We’ll just keep testing the ice until we find the right route to go,” Pancoe said.
The goal is to stretch the trail six kilometers all the way down to St. Vital Park, according to officials.
All the usual events are still set to take place starting with the Ironman Curling Bonspiel during the first weekend of February. Warming huts will begin to head out onto the trail next week.