Guelph celebrates the completion of Market Square ice rink and water feature

GUELPH, ON – Government officials and Guelph residents gathered today to celebrate the completion of work to build the Market Square Ice Rink and Water Feature.

This project is part of the revitalization of Guelph’s Market Square and is the central feature of the new public space created in front of City Hall. It consists of an ice rink in the winter and converts into an animated water feature in the summer.

This project has created a year round recreational and social venue that provides a beautiful public setting for civic events, brings people back to the heart of their city and attracts visitors. It will also ensure the Guelph community has a modern facility that meets the latest environmental standards.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each contributed up to $500,000 to this project, while a community fundraising project led by a volunteer committee called the Rink Rats contributed the balance of the total cost of $2,000,000.

“Recreational spaces like this one are vital social and athletic hubs for our community. They ensure that our community remains a vibrant place for residents to live, work and play,” said MP Michael Chong, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “Our government is proud to have invested in this local project and will continue to make investments in line with our priorities of jobs and economic growth.”

“The Ontario Recreation Program component of Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan, stimulates the economy, creates jobs and provides new opportunities for healthier, more active living,” said MPP Sandals. “In Guelph, the new Market Square skating rink and fountain has quickly become a focal point for family recreation and community events.”

“Historically, the Market Square site has always been a gathering place for the people of Guelph – first as home to farmer’s markets and the Provincial Winter Fair, and later Memorial Gardens. With this new rink and fountain, we are continuing that tradition with a dynamic community space that will bring families and neighbours together,” said Guelph’s Mayor, Karen Farbridge.

This project is one of more than 750 across the province that has moved forward thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $380 million under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC). The governments of Canada and Ontario teamed up to make the communities better places to live and encourage higher levels of participation in community building. For more information on this initiative, please visit

For more information

Colleen Clack
General Manager of Arts, Culture and Entertainment
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2588