Plenty for Burlington residents to do outdoors as COVID-19 forces restrictions on indoor activities

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Published December 20, 2021 at 4:06 pm

New restrictions on indoor gatherings is going to mean Burlington residents are going to be looking for outdoor fun this winter.

Luckily, there’s still plenty to do in the city.

The Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond at the waterfront in downtown Burlington is scheduled to open Tuesday, Dec. 21. The rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. Registration is not required.

Residents are encouraged to call the ice conditions hotline, 905-335-7738, ext. 8587 before leaving their house, to make sure the pond is open.

The skate lending program is also back this season and is available Friday, 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and during the school breaks, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more about the Pond’s features and rules, visit the city website.

“With the changing conditions of the pandemic and the right precautions, outdoor activities can remain a great place for being active,” said Chris Glenn, director of Recreation, Community and Culture.

“We are excited to welcome everyone back to our outdoor activities. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and we can get some good ice in quickly for everyone to enjoy. There are also lots of other opportunities as well with our parks and trails. Dress appropriately, be mindful of COVID-19 precautions and have fun.”

There are 15 neighbourhood rink locations available in city parks this year. The rinks will be open to the public and free to use once the weather is cold enough for the ice. City staff will install boards for the natural ice rinks that will be maintained by neighbourhood volunteer groups. Everyone is asked to respect the open/closed signs and stay off the ice when the rink is closed.

The artificial skating rink is open at the old tennis courts in Sherwood Forest Park, 5270 Fairview St. This rink is best suited for parents with young children and anyone learning to skate.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Rink program and locations, visit here.

The city has designated six areas in the city that are safe for tobogganing. They include:

  • Brant Hills Park, southwest of the tennis courts, 2300 Duncaster Dr.
  • Central Park on the hill northwest of the community garden, 2299 New St.
  • LaSalle Park, east of the parking lot, 50 North Shore Blvd.
  • Lowville Park on the hill at the southwest end of park, 6207 Lowville Park Rd.
  • Nelson Park on the east side of park, north of the Centennial bike path, 4183 New St.
  • Tyandaga Park at hole number four on the west slope, 1265 Tyandaga Park Dr.

To view designated tobogganing sites and tips for safe tobogganing, please visit here.

Thanks to Tim Hortons, Burlington residents can enjoy another year of free swimming and skating this holiday season. View schedule and sign up, visit here.

If you need some play equipment or want to try something new without having to buy it, try the city’s Play Equipment Lending Library, including new glow-in-the-dark equipment. Pickup at Central Arena, 512 Drury Lane. To borrow, visit here.

Tyandaga Golf Course (1265 Tyandaga Park Dr.) is open for disc golf and hiking during the winter season and open from dawn until dusk. Players need to bring their own discs, which can also be borrowed through the Play Equipment Lending Library.

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