Neighbourhood Rinks

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shovelling an outdoor rink

Peterborough, ON - Neighbourhood volunteers are planning to create and maintain about 29 outdoor neighbourhood rinks in City parks this year, up from 23 last year, with public health measures being followed to protect the health of residents.

Each year, volunteers organize to create outdoor rinks in their neighbourhoods. They maintain the rinks throughout the winter, contributing to their neighbourhoods.

To support this activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Peterborough and Peterborough Public Health worked together to develop guidelines for the safe use of outdoor neighbourhood rinks.

“These outdoor rinks are an annual tradition for many neighbourhoods. It’s a place where kids learn to skate and families spend time together,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

“In normal years, outdoor rinks are neighbourhood gathering spaces for kids to play with their friends and households to join together outside in the winter. While this isn’t a normal year, we still want to encourage outdoor activity in a safe way.”

To ensure adequate space for physical distancing, a maximum capacity will be posted for each outdoor neighbourhood rink based on the size of the rink.

Organized play on neighbourhood rinks will also be prohibited as part of the public health measures. No pick-up hockey games or shinny will be allowed. Neighbourhood rinks are for casual recreational use only.

Organized play typically means greater physical exertion, which would require different public health measures to protect the safety of users during the pandemic. Gyms have different operating requirements during the pandemic, for example. Based on consultation with Peterborough Public Health, it was determined that organized play will be prohibited on neighbourhood park rinks.

Other public health measures and general rules for neighbourhood park rinks include:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended.
  • Each rink has a posted capacity limit. If the rink has reached this limit, return at another time.
  • Downloading the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app to your phone is encouraged.
  • All children/dependents must be accompanied by a competent adult/guardian.
  • Play safe and be respectful of others and the host neighbourhood.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Do not block driveways or street access.
  • Rinks are operated by volunteers.
  • Use at your own risk.

Ongoing non-compliance with public health measures at neighbourhood park rinks may result in their closure.

The locations of neighbourhood park rinks will be posted on the City website as they are finalized. The opening and operation of neighbourhood rinks is dependent on weather conditions.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636