The City of Burlington is encouraging neighbours to come together to maintain outdoor community ice rinks this winter at select locations throughout the city. Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program are available now at burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink and are due by Oct. 31, 2022.
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.
Chris Glenn, Director Recreation, Community and Culture said, “there’s not many things as Canadian as an outdoor rink in the winter, filled with skaters of all abilities. 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.”