The Caroline Street outdoor rink relies on mother nature to provide consistent cold weather in order to make ice. The rink does not have a refrigeration system. Our practice is to begin ice making when long range weather forecasts indicate daytime highs of minus eight degrees Celsius or colder for a period of five days or greater. The building of the ice is completed with the help of municipal staff and volunteers. Ice thickness of a minimum one and a half inches is required before the ice surface is available for public use.

The current COVID-19 shutdown has closed all recreation facilities, however outdoor ice rinks are permitted to be open at reduced capacities. As such, staff are currently working on a plan to safely open the Caroline Street rink (weather permitting) through a reservation-based approach. Timeslots will be made available online for users to reserve a time to participate in specific activities, including shinny and public skating. Hours of operation will be determined, and staff will be scheduled to monitor usage and ensure patrons are complying with COVID safety protocols. The hours of operation will be reduced from previous years and drop-in skating will not be permitted without a reservation.

When the ice is prepared and the rink is open, information will be posted on our Caroline Street Rink page and on our social media channels.

For questions, please contact us by email.