City of Merritt won't be stopping anyone from flooding, or skating at the Central Park multi-purpose sports box this winter.
Despite documented issues with the boards and surface, CAO Shawn Boven says the rink will be open for skating, should Mother Nature cooperate.
"The thing is, even if it is not flooded, the snow falls, and it melts and floods anyways. Not flooding it, doesn't keep the water from further damaging the rink, unless we were out there with a squeegee all the time."
Last winter, which was one of the coldest on record in the Nicola Valley, the sports box was well utilized by residents.