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Enjoy neighbourhood rink, toboggan hill at Central Park and around city

Adapted from City of Burlington press release – Enjoy winter fun at neighbourhood parks and toboggan hills across the city, including Central Park. There is also public skating downtown on the waterfront at the Rotary Pond.

Neighbourhood Rinks

The Neighbourhood Rink program encourages neighbours to come together to maintain a natural outdoor ice rink in their local park.

This month, city staff will install boards for four natural ice rinks in various parks throughout Burlington that will be maintained by neighbourhood volunteer groups. The rinks are open to the public and free to use. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these neighbourhood rinks, please contact

The following locations will host a Neighbourhood Rink for the upcoming season:

Brant Hills Park, 2300 Duncaster Dr.
Pineland Park, 371 Bryant Cres.
Nelson Park, 4183 New St.
Central Park, 2299 New St.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Rink program, please visit Ice conditions will vary based on weather. Thank you to all the community volunteers who maintain these rinks for public use.

Rotary Centennial Pond

The outdoor ice at Rotary Centennial Pond is scheduled to open on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., ice conditions permitting. Located at the waterfront in downtown Burlington, the pond hosts nearly 9,000 skaters each year. The rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.

The skate lending program is back this season at the Rotary Centennial Pond and is available weekends and school holidays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The city will collect any gently used skates from residents. Skate donations can be dropped off at city pools, arenas and community centres.

Call before you skate! For up-to-date ice conditions at Rotary Centennial Pond, please call 905-335-7738, ext. 8587.

For more about the pond’s features and rules, visit


The city has designated six areas in the city that are safe for tobogganing. They include:

LaSalle Park, east of the parking lot
Tyandaga Park at hole number four on the west slope
Central Park on the hill northwest of the community garden
Brant Hills Park, southwest of the tennis courts
Nelson Park on the east side of park, north of the Centennial bike path
Lowville Park on the hill at the southwest end of park
To view designated tobogganing sites and tips for safe tobogganing, please visit


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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