Tye Wilson, a student in the Action Sports Park Development program at the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus, does a flip while testing out the terrain park created by the members of the program in time for the college’s annual Winterfest.
Tina Peplinskie / Observer and News
Students at the Algonquin College Waterfront Campus recently had a chance to enjoy the annual celebration of winter with activities inside and outside the school and lots of food to warm the soul.As part of Winterfest, students could check out an ice carving demonstration by master ice carver Ikuo Kanbayashi and also got to try their hand at it; they could also check out the Fat Bikes provided by GearHeads or enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Another hit was the s’more station courtesy of the forestry students and for those not as willing to head outside could but still looking for some fun could visit the gym and check out some inflatables, virtual hockey and obstacle courses, explained Jodi Bucholtz, acting manager of Community and Student Affairs at the Waterfront Campus.“This is our annual celebration of winter where we embrace it rather than hide,” she said.A short trek around the college property also revealed a terrain park created by the students in the Action Sports Park Development (ASPD) program. With about 50 centimetres of snow to contend with working on the terrain park was initially a daunting task, but once students got the shovels, scoops, rakes and other tools working, it began to come together quickly, according to Breen Trott, professor in the ASPD program.There are 10 students enrolled in the one-year program and they all spent about four hours working on the terrain park, he added. During Winterfest, the students were busy trying out there work as they performed flips and tricks.As always Winterfest concluded with a free skate at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, followed by the annual student versus teacher hockey games. The students won both games – 10-2 in the women’s game and 8-2 in the men’s.TPeplinskie@postmedia.comTwitter.com/TPeplinskie