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Outdoor ice rink coming to Central Park

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Sixteen parks will feature at least one neighbourhood rink for the 2015 -16 winter season thanks to neighbourhood groups who came together and submitted successful applications to look after a rink in a local park.

City staff are extremely pleased with the response from neighbourhood groups. These rinks will offer neighbours an opportunity to connect, be active outdoors, play together and enjoy the winter season.
City roads and parks maintenance staff will work to install the rink boards in each park throughout December. All boards should be up by the end of the month. Neighbourhood groups will then flood and maintain the rinks, weather permitting.

The City of Burlington offered 12 parks across Burlington for neighbourhood rinks. The seven successful locations are:

  • Brant Hills Park (two rinks)
  • Central Park
  • Ireland Park
  • LaSalle Park
  • Nelson Park
  • Orchard Park (two rinks)
  • Tansley Woods Park

Resident groups also came forward to manage rinks in these nine Neighbourhood rink locations:

  • Champlain Park
  • Emerson Park
  • Fairchild Park
  • Glen Afton Park
  • Optimist Park
  • Palladium Park
  • Sinclair Park
  • Skyway Park
  • Sheraton Park

Rinks are free to skate on for all. Skaters are asked to keep some rink rules in mind:

Rinks are unsupervised.
Helmets are recommended.
Rinks are natural and therefore can be uneven compared to indoor artificial ice surfaces.
All neighbourhood rinks are open to all members of the community at no charge.
Neighbourhood rinks are used at your own risk.
Vehicle lights, generators and driving in the park are prohibited.

Rink use and concerns are managed within city bylaw guidelines. For more information, visit Neighbourhood Rink , email skating@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7600, ext. 6454.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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