Market Square rules and guidelines for use

Market Square is an unsupervised space. The rink or fountain may be closed at any time due to weather, maintenance or repairs. Check status.

Rules and guidelines

Skating rink

  • Stay safe—hockey helmets are recommended.
  • Cycling, inline skating, skateboarding, and motorized vehicles or toys are not permitted in pedestrian areas or on the ice.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the adequate care, protection and supervision of their children.
  • Skate at the same speed, in the same direction—no horseplay, games, balls, pucks, sticks, or figure skating.
  • Focus on the fun—please take photos from outside the rink, and do not use headsets, cell phones or hand held electronic devices on the ice.
  • All participants must wear skates—do not carry children in arms, backpacks, slings or other carriers. Do not use strollers, wagons, sleds, chairs, or skating aids that could interfere with other skaters.
  • Anyone assisting another individual must wear skates, and wheelchairs, wheelchair skates and sledges are welcome.
  • Skate now, eat later—no food or drink on the ice.
  • Please do not climb the water fountain or interfere with rink operations.
  • Please leave the ice when asked—everyone must be completely off the ice and during Zamboni™ resurfacing.

Interactive water fountain

  • No animals, bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, strollers, furniture, structures, motorized toys, aquatic boards or recreational devices are permitted within the fountain.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the adequate care, protection and supervision of their children.
  • Children with diapers must wear appropriate covering (e.g. swim diapers or plastic covers).
  • No glass, food or beverages allowed in or around the fountain.
  • The fountain water is not intended for drinking.
  • Do not use the fountain if you are experiencing an open sore, rash, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Do not pollute the water, the fountain surface, or the area around the fountain.
  • Do not climb the water fountain spouts.
  • Do not smoke in the water fountain.
  • Running, pushing, wrestling, splashing, boisterous play or causing undue disturbance in or around the fountain will not be tolerated.
  • The City will not be held responsible for lost or damaged items.
  • Do not interfere with the operation of the fountain.

Please report illegal activity to Guelph Police Services 519-824-1212

Please report vandalism, graffiti, litter or off-leash dogs to City of Guelph 519-837-5628