Burlington neighbours invited to come together to run community outdoor ice rinks

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Published October 3, 2022 at 11:21 am

Burlington’s outdoor ice rink program is gearing up for another winter and the City is looking for people who want to maintain a rink at select locations throughout the city.

“There’s not many things as Canadian as an outdoor rink in the winter, filled with skaters of all abilities,” said Chris Glenn, director Recreation, Community and Culture.

“We are hoping for a winter with good rink-making weather and several groups of dedicated volunteers to maintain and care for the rinks. City staff will build the frames, volunteers will need to make and maintain the ice.”

Groups looking to organize a neighbourhood rink at pre-approved locations will need a minimum of six people from their community to maintain the rink. Volunteers who are approved to move forward with their rink will need to agree to the terms and conditions set out in the Neighbourhood Rinks program, agree to complete training and agree to keep maintenance records of the rink and provide their own water source.

City staff will install rink boards, hoses and tarps in each location and provide a training manual with tips on ice maintenance. As the colder weather arrives, each neighbourhood group will flood the rinks to get them ready for a first skate and then maintain them throughout the winter.

Neighbourhood rinks are open to all community members to skate for free.

Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program are available now and are due by Oct. 31, 2022.

For more information or to make an application, visit here.

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