Fences are going up in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park this weekend as crews begin to drain and dig up the lake in preparation for the 2014 International World Triathlon.
Edmonton will be hosting the Grand Final triathlon in the 2014 series from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.
The lake needs to be dug out to meet depth requirements for the event. Upgrades will also be made to the lake’s lining and drain system.
Dennis Nolan is the director of the project. He said it is not yet clear whether winter skating in the park will be a possibility this year, as there is no definite timeline for work to be completed.
“I don't know if I can get the lake refilled for winter skating, so we are looking for an alternate area to flood and provide skating during the winter.”
Next year’s triathlon will be the fourth time Canada has hosted the prestigious event, and the second time it has been held in Edmonton – the first was in 2001.
This is the first time the lake has been drained since 1990.