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Burlington encouraging neighbourhood outdoor rinks

Burlington encouraging neighbourhood outdoor rinks

The City of Burlington is encouraging neighbours to come together to maintain outdoor community ice rinks this winter. Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program are available now at burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink and are due by Nov. 12, 2021.

Groups looking to organize a neighbourhood rink 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 requested 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 of Parks and Recreation noted, “It is a great way to bring everyone together outside during the winter to share the surface with skaters of all abilities, including those just learning. Gather a few dedicated people and consider applying for and maintaining a rink in your neighbourhood this year.”

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