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Outdoor activities Burlington residents can enjoy this winter

The City officially launched the new "Winter in Hamilton" program in an effort to help residents find safe outdoor activities this winter. (Pxhere)

While many things continue to look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several opportunities for Burlington residents to remain active outdoors this winter.

As of Dec. 14, the outdoor ice at Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond will be open.

Located at the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington, the rink will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

While skating is free, online, pre-registration is required and can be booked no more than 25-hours in advance.

On Christmas Eve, the rink will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and then closed for Christmas Day.

Online registrations are now open. To pre-register, visit burlington.ca/skating.

For up-to-date information on ice conditions at Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond, please call 905-335-7600, ext. 8587.

Back by popular demand, the Outdoor Winter Play Challenge is back and will provide many fun ways for the public to stay active outside.

This challenge will keep everyone busy with over 100 free, outdoor activities to complete.

Activities range from making snow angels, going tobogganing, going for a hike or making a bird feeder.

The challenge will run from now until Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at 9:00 p.m.

Additionally, the City has designated five areas that are safe for tobogganing.

These areas include LaSalle Park, east of the parking lot, Central Park on the hill northwest of the community garden, Brant Hills Park, southwest of the tennis courts, Nelson Park on the east side of the park, north of the Centennial bike path and Lowville Park on the hill at the southwest end of the park.

Residents are reminded that the parking lot is closed at Lowville Park until Dec. 24.

Due to nearby culvert construction work happening over the winter and to ensure public safety, the toboggan hill at Tyandaga Golf Course will be closed this year.

The City of Burlington’s household rental program is now open to families for play and recreation with capacities of 10 people per indoor room for gyms, ice pads and meeting rooms.

As of Dec. 14, the City will be accepting bookings for Dec. 15, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2021.

Gyms, pools, community rooms and ice pads can be rented for 60-minute or 90-minute time slots.

Bookings are only available for Burlington residents, only one household per booking and can be made up to 24-hours before the desired time.

Same-day bookings are not available and families from multiple houses cannot book or use a facility together.

This rental program is intended to give family households a chance for fun, physical activity and mental wellness.

Residents are reminded that Regular Play Standards will apply in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

For more information about renting City of Burlington facilities, visit burlington.ca/rentals.

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