Outdoor winter recreation continues with safety measures
There are plenty of outdoor opportunities to keep active safely this winter while indoor recreation opportunities are paused to help bend the curve on COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
Cross-country skiing trails, walking trails and toboggan hills remain open with physical distancing and social gathering restrictions in place. It is important to check conditions before visiting hills or trails. All activities are to be done only with members of your immediate household.
Everyone is reminded to maintain a two metre physical distance from anyone outside of their immediate household. This includes all stairways throughout the river valley.
The City of Edmonton continues to prepare its outdoor ice surfaces for Edmontonians to use this winter. Victoria Park Skating Oval and IceWay, Rundle Park IceWay and The Meadows Community Recreation Centre outdoor leisure ice have already opened with new safety measures in place.
Rinks at Castle Downs and Jackie Parker parks are now open. The ice rink at City Hall is scheduled to open later this winter season.
The lake at William Hawrelak Park is expected to open in early January when the ice is thick enough for skating, however the ice surface at the southwest corner of the park, near picnic Shelter #2, will not open this season as a result of the service impacts on the City caused by the pandemic.
Indoor pavilions are closed for skate changing but outdoor options have been increased. Indoor washroom access remains available. As per the City bylaw, masks or face coverings are mandatory for entry into any indoor space.
Visitors to outdoor skating surfaces are asked to come ready to skate, leave personal belongings at home and bring a mask to wear indoors. Shinny and outdoor social gatherings (coming in groups to skate together) are prohibited. City of Edmonton staff will be monitoring and controlling capacity restrictions of ice surfaces, washroom areas and parking lots. Everyone is reminded to maintain two metre physical distance from anyone not in their immediate household.
Use of City of Edmonton outdoor ice surfaces is free. Before visiting, residents are advised to check for up-to-date information and ice status at edmonton.ca/skating.
Anyone visiting community league operated rinks is reminded to follow the requirements for physical distancing, sticking to household groups and not having shinny hockey games. Please contact your community league for more information.
For those people who want a challenge, the City launched its Winter Neighbourhood Challenge this week. We encourage Edmontonians to explore their neighbourhoods and stay safely connected while maintaining physical distance and adhering to all public health measures.
Visit edmonton.ca where a new challenge will be posted on the first and 15th of each month from December 15, 2020 to March 15, 2021. To enter, complete the challenge safely, fill out the online entry form and submit your photo. You will be entered into a random prize draw for each challenge you complete. In addition to submitting your entry, you can also share on social media using #yegneighbouring.