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UPDATE: Schedule posted – Outdoor skating rink to open in Gananoque

UPDATE (Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022):

Following an incredibly successful opening week at the Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink, the Town of Gananoque has announced the implementation of a rotating schedule of activities that will establish dedicated ice time for both Shinny (Pick up Hockey) and Public Skating.

According to a release from the town, Shinny, will be offered with restrictions in place including, no slap shots, no contact, typically with no goalies, and will only be permitted during the allotted times in order to ensure public safety. Playing shinny during any dedicated Public Skating times is absolutely prohibited and will not be tolerated, the town stated, reminding participants that although the rink is an unsupervised area and used at each person’s own risk, that staff will enforce these regulations.

“The community really has embraced the outdoor rink this past week. It has been incredible to see people out skating and enjoying themselves. Creating a schedule that includes times for Shinny is a natural next step for use at the outdoor rink. By separating Public Skating and Shinny times we hope to encourage individuals of all ages to get out and safely enjoy this wonderful new addition to the town,” stated, Doug Wark, Manager of Community Services.

Current Activity Schedule, as of Jan. 26, 2022, provided by the Town of Gananoque.

Original Article:

Tomorrow, skaters in Gananoque will have a new place to lace up their skates. The Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink will open on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, beside the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque & T.L.T.I Recreation Centre at 600 King Street E. in Gananoque.

Photo by Kinsley Holl.

According to a release from the Town of Gananoque, they have worked closely with the health unit and have established specific rules and regulations in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic, including self-screening requirements, face coverings, and physical distancing. The outdoor rink will not be supervised and is to be “used at your own risk,” the town said.

The rink will be open for use from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (weather permitting) for public skating only at this time. According to the release, staff are working to prepare a schedule to allow for shinny hockey play in the coming weeks. The outdoor lighting will be turned on at sunset to allow for night skating, the town said, and there will be a capacity of 75 people at a time on the skating surface. Parking for those who wish to use the rink is available behind the Lou Jeffries Arena.

“We are pleased to open the Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink and host a season of free outdoor skating. Outdoor winter activities are a great way to bring people together despite the challenges created by COVID-19. Outdoor skating is a Canadian tradition and the perfect way to support physical activity and exercise as a key component to mental health and wellbeing. We encourage residents to enjoy the rink by following established health and safety protocols,” stated Mayor Ted Lojko.

The rink will be closed for flooding and maintenance between 11:30 a.m. and noon, and 3 to 3:30 p.m. daily. Information regarding the rink will be posted on the Town’s website, as well as on the Town’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink was originally built on Parliament Hill as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. According to the release, this year-round outdoor recreational/event facility will be used by local residents and visitors to increase recreation in the community.

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