Outdoor rinks in the City of Charlottetown are now open for use as part of the City’s Winter Active Campaign.
The City has nine of its outdoor rinks open, including: MacRae Drive, Founder’s Hall, J. Bomber Callaghan Park, Orlebar Park, Mulberry Park, Centennial Park, MacArthur Park, Bell Heights Phase II and Victoria Park. The rinks are resurfaced on a regular basis when the weather permits. All participants are required to wear CSA approved helmets while on the outdoor rinks. Rink conditions are updated on a daily basis during weekdays at: www.charlottetown.ca/outdoorrinks.php.
"The Winter Active Campaign provides residents with an opportunity to stay active during the winter months and take advantage of outdoor activities," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "The Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of free winter activities and we encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy all this great city has to offer."
Snowshoeing is also available at Victoria Park. 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 Joe Ghiz Park to where the trail intersects with the Arterial Highway.
The City also has ski trails at Victoria Park and Belvedere, which will open once there is enough snow cover. Conditions are updated on a daily basis during weekdays at: www.charlottetown.ca/outdoorrinks.php.
"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. "We are happy the weather has cooperated and we are able to offer conditioned rinks for our residents and visitors to enjoy."
The ideal temperature for the outdoor rinks is about -6 degrees Celsius. There is some warm weather and precipitation 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.
City of Charlottetown