The skating pond at Rotary Park in Stony Plain remains closed this winter, due to thin ice.
The ice at the Rotary Park pond is not
yet thick enough to support maintenance
equipment; therefore, the rink remains closed.
Despite frigid temperatures, the popular outdoor rink has not yet opened this season, because the ice-surface is not thick enough to support the equipment required to maintain it for public use.
The ice must be at least 14” thick before it is safe enough to sustain equipment. When the Town measured the thickness of the surface on Dec. 24 and Jan. 2, the results came in at 13” and 12”, respectively. Early snow-fall this season created a cover that made freezing take longer than usual.
More reliable ice is available at four outdoor skating rinks in Stony Plain. Weather-permitting, these rinks are open from December until March but are closed when the temperature falls below -20C. Outdoor rinks are used by residents for public skating, shinny and casual hockey. Heated changing rooms are available at all outdoor rinks.
Public skating times are scheduled at each facility but are subject to change, due to special events, rentals and holidays. The rinks are located on school properties; the Town has agreements in place with the local school divisions to maintain these facilities.
Public skating times are also available at the Town-owned and –operated Glenn Hall Centennial Arena.
Please stay off the ice at Rotary Park; watch the Town’s website, Social Media feeds or its pages in the local print media for updates.
For up-to-date information regarding conditions or closures of all outdoor rinks, click here, or call 780.963.8607. This 24-hour information line is updated daily after 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays.
Use discretion in times of questionable weather, and stay safe by following any and all rules and guidelines.