Preparations underway for outdoor skating

It's once again the time of year to lace up for a skate outdoors in the brisk, fresh air.

City crews have begun clearing snow at Mathews Park and Bert Ambrose in preparation for the skating loop and outdoor rink. However, due to the current and forecasted weather for the next two weeks, it may be a bit longer before ice can be made. 

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"We are looking forward to our outdoor ice surfaces again as always, but Mother Nature has other ideas," said city spokesman Ryan Harvey. "It's not the best weather for ice making but our ice makers can't wait to get out there."

It's perfect timing for the outdoor ice, as public health orders have further restricted indoor options for physical activity, and outdoor rinks are perfect options for social distancing. 

"Giving people an option for outdoor recreation is always great. It's an amenity people look forward to the most come winter season, and it's especially needed this year," said Harvey.

Changes to recreation options

While most of the city's recreation options are not affected by the new restrictions, and no rec facilities have been closed as a result, several of the programs offered have been changed or paused.

The city has halted dance and fitness classes, yoga sessions, and private swimming lessons. Public swimming and skating will continue.

The city has also released a revised schedule today for Santa Week, which will now be held virtually.

The week of virtual events will help families enjoy Christmas activities in the comfort of their own home while still participating alongside the rest of the community.

For a list of activities being offered, visit the city's website.

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