Trout Lake closed to skaters because of warmer weather

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      The magic of playing shinny on the ice is over at Trout Lake in John Hendry Park.

      That's because the Vancouver park board has announced it's "closing" the free rink today (January 8) because of concerns over warmer weather and heavy usage.

      Officials will reconsider the closure on Monday (January 9).

      Last week for the first time in 20 years, the park board permitted skaters onto Trout Lake after the ice reached 12 centimetres in thickness.

      It resulted in a huge number of Vancouverites converging on the area.

      No ponds in any other Vancouver parks have been opened for skating.

      Update: It's still possible to skate on Como Lake in Coquitlam, according to a tweet today by Coun. Teri Towner.