Caroline Street rink in the winter

The popular outdoor ice rink, located on Caroline Street, is a natural ice surface. The rink includes professional boards and glass as well as lights, available when the rink is open.

Due to weather conditions, the Caroline Street rink is currently CLOSED.

Current status

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 -8 degrees Celsius or colder for a period of five days or greater. Ice thickness of a minimum 1 1/2 inches is required before the ice surface is available for public use.

The rink is lit in the evenings until 11:00 p.m. Free parking is available on site. Changerooms are currently unavailable.

Please note that staff may close the rink at any time due to weather, maintenance, or safety concerns.

Rules and Guidelines
  • Do not participate if you suspect you have COVID-19 or if you have any of the known symptoms.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times. Please use hand sanitizer prior to entering the rink.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres.
  • Hockey sticks and pucks are allowed but no games can be played and tag is not permitted on the ice surface. Please be respectful of all skaters.
  • No alcohol, smoking, or pets allowed on the ice.
  • All skaters must be wearing ice skates or ice sledges. CSA helmet is recommended for all participants.
  • All those who fail to follow the rules of the outdoor rink will be asked to leave immediately. By-law officers and Port Hope Police perform routine checks.

Maintenance

To prioritize safety and limit the spread of COVID-19, volunteers to maintain the Caroline Street Rink ice surface will not be required as a temporary measure.

Ice is maintained by the Parks Department and community volunteers. For information relating to volunteering, please contact the Administrative Assistant at 905-885-8760 or email.