After eating Christmas dinner on Sunday, you can burn off calories at the skating rink. The Aquatera Community Skating Oval will be opening on the 26th. Coordinator Xaverie MacLennan says there has been a few hiccups with a mild winter so far this year but they are looking to open it up for community use.
“It’s a 400 metre oval which is Olympic regulation size. It’s in the community for anyone who likes to skate to come out an enjoy. Even if you don’t like skating, you may find that after doing a few laps it’s pretty fun.”
She hopes to see families pop in to skate and they are hoping to get a speed skating practice going at the rink in the coming weeks.
“This year we are excited to announce that we are going to have lights there. In the past, if you went in the evening you were kind of skating in the dark. We have lighting that is going to be turned on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for skaters to enjoy.”
Hockey is not allowed on the ice but there are many other community rinks open around the city for those type of activities. A list of open rinks and their ability to have games held on them are on the city’s website. The Parks operated outdoor rinks that are open include Hillside, Alexander Forbes, Harry Balfour, Crystal Park, I.V. Macklin, J.C. Mackie, Kateri Mission, Swanavon, and Montrose Junior High. Parkside and St. Patrick remain closed.