UPEI opens new outdoor rink

By Lillian Jazlyn MacLeod
Jan. 31, 2014

Jack Mutch tries to keep his balance as he begins to skate towards the open arms of his mother, Jeni Mutch.
The four-year-old is learning how to skate on the new UPEI rink with help from family members, including his older brother, Luke Mutch, nine years old.
Grandmother Susan Young says she enjoys skating around the rink with her family.
“It’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Just the right size to learn how to skate.”
Jeni Mutch not only thinks it’s a nice family thing to do and good for the community, but she also says it’s a great way for students who attend UPEI to get out between their classes.
UPEI student Brynn Van Wiechen, who is captain of the P.E.I. Wave ringette team, said she enjoys the new rink and thinks it’s great for all ages.
“I think it is a fun place for students to go and meet new people. UPEI doesn’t have very many events to get students involved, so the rink gives students something to do at any time of the day or night.”
The idea of starting an outdoor rink began last year when a student, at the time, Daniel MacDonald, approached UPEI athletic director, Bill Schurman.
Not able to start the rink then, Schurman kept pushing the idea until administration showed its support and helped.
With the up and down winter it just started this week, he said.
“At lunch I saw several people skating on it. I even think student union is holding an special event Monday on it.”
The rink is located between the W.A. Murphy Student Centre and the Kelly Building.