The City of Charlottetown continues to encourage the public to be active this winter through it’s Winter Active Campaign by taking advantage of the outdoor rinks and trails.
The City has five of its outdoor rinks open, including: East Royalty on MacRae Drive; Founders Hall, in the field in front of the Founders Hall building; J. Bomber Callaghan Park at 199 Patterson Drive; Orlebar Park on the corner of Orlebar and Summer streets; and Mulberry Park off of Mulberry Avenue. The rinks are resurfaced on a regular basis when the weather permits and are all currently in great shape. Three other outdoor rinks are being constructed. They are located at Bell Heights Park, Centennial Park and MacArthur Park. Crews are hopeful the additional rinks will be up and running sometime this weekend. (Check rink conditions at: www.charlottetown.ca/outdoorrinks.php).
"The City of Charlottetown’s Winter Active Campaign and the efforts put into the outdoor rinks and trails is all part of our goal of improving the quality of life in Charlottetown," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "Winter can seem long and dreary for some so we offer programs and outdoor activities to encourage active living and the enjoyment of all that this great city has to offer, regardless of the season."
The Parks and Recreation Department maintains ski trails at Belvedere Golf course and Victoria Park. When weather permits, ski trails are groomed twice a week. The trails are open, but additional snow cover is needed to improve the conditions. Snowshoeing is also available at both of these locations. Participants must bring their own snowshoes or skis. During the Winter Active Campaign, a limited number of snowshoes are provided on Sundays, at Victoria Park, from 2- 4 p.m.
For those who prefer walking, the Victoria Park Boardwalk is cleared regularly, as is the Confederation Trail from Joseph Ghiz Park to City Limits at Royalty Junction.
"There is an incredible amount of hard work that goes into these rinks and trails," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee. "The Parks and Recreation Department has staff that flood the rinks during the day and the evening. They also resurface during the day, seven days per week, as the weather permits. We’re happy to do this for all of our residents and visitors."
The ideal temperature for the outdoor rinks is about -6 degrees Celsius. There is some warm weather in the current forecast that may affect the condition of the rinks. Once the weather becomes colder, flooding and resurfacing will resume.
The outdoor rinks and trails will be maintained as long as weather conditions continue to be suitable. The public is encouraged to check on the status of the rinks and trails by visiting the City’s website at www.charlottetown.ca and clicking the Winter Activities button (Direct URL: www.charlottetown.ca/outdoorrinks.php).
For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
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