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Neighbourhood rinks will return to Burlington this winter

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Neighbourhood rinks will return to Burlington this winter

COVID-19 is not going to stop you from lacing up the skates in Burlington.

The City is continuing with its Neighbourhood Rink Program this winter, and applications are now available for residents who want to get involved.

Successful applicants will be responsible for:

• Organizing a working group of at least six community champions to help maintain the rink
• Providing water and filling and maintaining the rink
• Arranging to have shovels available so that snow can be cleared from the rink
• Ensuring that physical distancing is maintained at three metres unless the other skater(s) are from your household, and City of Burlington signage stays intact

The City of Burlington will work with each group to support the neighbourhood rink by installing rinks boards and providing a tarp, hoses and a training manual on ice maintenance.

Neighbourhood rinks are open to all community members to skate for free. Anyone using the rinks must ensure proper physical distancing, follow the limit on gatherings to ensure three-meter distancing from those not within your household, keep the number of skaters to 25 or less and avoid overcrowding the rink.

“Outdoor skating is a great activity for the family,” Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We’re excited to bring these opportunities back to the community in a safe, and cautious manner and to utilize our outdoor spaces during the winter. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. With the right clothing, winter can be just as fun as any other season.”

Neighbourhood rink applications can be found at burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink.

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