Hamilton skating rink adding music, lights and a snack bar this season


Published January 24, 2022 at 5:08 pm

Royal Botanical Gardens wants to turn the Cootes Paradise skating rink into a community hub. 

Organizers of one of Hamilton’s favourite skating rinks announced the addition of music, lights, and an on-site snack bar for the 2022 season.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) says it wanted to turn the Cootes Paradise rink into a community hub.

“For years, RBG has monitored and maintained the designated skating area at Princess Point, allowing the public to get outside connection to the natural beauty of Cootes Paradise unlike any other time of the year,” said an RBG spokesperson. “Cootes Paradise is an environmental protection area — by having more on-site support we can provide an enhanced visitor experience that highlights the importance of these spaces.”

Rink access will be available daily until 9 p.m. at the Princess Point entry.


Visitors to Princess Point can enjoy chocolate-covered pretzels, assorted danishes, hot chocolate, and other grab-and-go items available for purchase at the Collective Arts Container. There are is also weekends specials, including kimchi hot dogs, cheddar hot dogs, and braised beef sandwiches.

There are also more seating options this year.

Safe skating conditions for groups and recreation require a thickness of about 4 inches (10 cm). RBG staff measure ice thickness each Friday and post ice status on signage at Princess Point. Ice status updates are also available at rbg.ca/skatingFacebook, and Instagram

Parking for Princess Point is available at 335 Longwood Road for $10.

Additional parking is available at Coronation Arena, located at 81 Macklin St North.

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