City opening two outdoor ice rinks

(Barrie, ON) After consultation with and following the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the City will open its two main outdoor ice rinks this Saturday, weather permitting.  

If the weather allows, the Circle at the Centre rink (outside City Hall) will open on December 19. The rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Circle at the Centre is dedicated for pleasure skating only (no hockey permitted).

New this year, as a result of COVID restrictions, the Centennial Park outdoor rink will be designated for pleasure skating only, no hockey permitted. Weather-permitting, this rink is also scheduled to open December 19 and be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Skaters are required to follow safety procedures when using outdoor rinks, including the following:Ice surface occupancy protocols will be in place. Signage at each location will identify the maximum number of skaters permitted on the ice surface at one time.Changerooms and washrooms will not be open. Please plan your visits with these restrictions in mind.No shinny hockey, broomball, ringette, or other type of scrimmage activity will be permitted on outdoor ice surfaces.Stay at least two metres away from those not part of your household.Consider wearing a mask or face covering while using the ice surface, if two metre distancing cannot be maintained.

The other City-operated outdoor rinks (at Heritage Park Pond, Eastview Park, Lampman Lane Park, Redpath Park and Shear Park) will open as soon as possible, weather-permitting.

The volunteer-run ice rink locations around the City have water service access and terrain that allow for rinks to be built and maintained. If residents are interested in helping to maintain one of the 32 volunteer rinks, they can visitbarrie.ca/rinks. The rinks that have volunteers will open at a later date, but it will be dependent on weather and health unit guidelines.

For more information and updates, visitbarrie.ca/rinks.

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca