Across Guelph, the Community Ice Rink program brings neighbours together to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor recreational skating close to home.
With support from Parks Operations and Forestry staff, volunteers throughout the city help create more than 30 natural ice rinks on parkland that is approved by the City for a rink location.
As part of the program, the City provides the following:
- Training to volunteer groups
- Equipment such as hose(s), spray nozzle, water key, backflow, shinny nets, and lighting at some locations
- Picnic tables
- Weekly inspections for ice quality
- Promotions of rink locations on guelph.ca
- Up to a maximum of $500 in grant money based on program criteria to registered volunteer groups
Each fall, the City distributes information packages for the upcoming outdoor rink season to volunteers from the previous season. Volunteers are asked to reply to the City (by the deadline stated in the information package) indicating they would like to begin operating the community rink in their neighbourhood.
Once all necessary information has been collected, a mandatory meeting is held to provide volunteers with City contact information (after-hours contacts), safety information, sign out keys for the rink vaults, and training on the lighting system. This meeting also gives the volunteers an opportunity to connect with Parks Operations and Forestry supervisors, lead hands, and office staff.
If you are interested in being involved in the Community Ice Rink program, please contact the City’s Parks Operations and Forestry division at 519-837-5626 or [email protected].
Community ice rinks in Guelph
The City’s Parks and Recreation department reserves the right to approve locations that are best suited for each neighbourhood and have the infrastructure in place to operate an outdoor ice rink.
Rink locations at school sites require coordination and final approval with the Upper Grand District School Board. Please contact Maria Skara, Coordinator of Community Use of Schools Program, at 519-822-4420 extension 833 to confirm access requirements.