Skaters rejoice as ice rinks open in the Townships

By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Skaters rejoice as ice rinks  open in the Townships
Kids in bright colours and rosy cheeks out enjoying the Magog ice path. (Photo : Michael Boriero)

A frosty afternoon chill did little to stop Eastern Townships’ residents from stepping on the local ice rink on Friday afternoon.
Hockey players swarmed Sherbrooke’s Alfred-Élie-Dufresne Park in eager anticipation for their turn on the ice. But like the people that came before them, they needed to huddle around the nearby chalet, waiting for the hour session to finish.
One resident, 40-year-old Gregory Bach, was on the ice for 30 minutes when he spoke to The Record. He got on the ice around 2:15 p.m. with his three children. The outdoor rink provides an escape, he explained, a reprieve from COVID-19 news.
“It’s really a place that gives [you] a chance to relax, exchange ideas,” said Bach. “We can’t forget we’re in a pandemic, but when I play hockey I think of other things.”
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