1915 - 1925
Walter Dunning initiated an open-air skating rink - the structure was built on his land just east of his home and he acted as ice-maker and caretaker. The walls were bales of straw piled two or three high and snow was melted in an open water tank by a cast iron stove placed in it. Grain car doors were placed on top to keep the heat in. The water was then scooped into a barrel with a sprinkler bar on the bottom, placed on a sled to be pulled up and down the ice to flood the surface. In 1917 Walter added wooden walls, rafters covered with page wire and flax straw to complete the first indoor rink. On windy days skaters were kept busy cleaning straw off the ice. Gas lanterns provided lighting. A granary was added to one end of the rink and a stove provided warmth for a heated waiting room. A small door was cut in the end adjacent to the ice and skaters stepped out onto the ice surface.