With only a few more weeks or months left for winter, we bet that a lot of you are interested in doing some skating with the family or perhaps your friends. For everyone who may not be aware, public skating in Oakville is available from September 19, 2014 until March 22, 2015 give or take a few days depending on location. Simply read on and find out how you can make the most of skating season in the coming weeks!
Various Skating Opportunities
Oakvillians love their hockey and with hockey comes ice and skating. In fact, the Town offers facility rentals, programs and opportunities for public skating in seven community centres and arenas with a total of 19 ice and shooter pads to choose from.
Now, before anything else, due to the nature of the skating rinks being open to the public, those who want to skate at the available locations must adhere to some rules. All skaters must have their own skates before they can gain admission to the facilities. Helmets are mandatory in some programs or are strongly recommended and of course, admissions are restricted to a certain number per day as facilities only have a certain capacity.
Some people may be tempted to skate on non-listed or not recommended ponds and creeks and the Town really wants to avoid that. Thin ice can be very hazardous and what looks like an inviting place to skate may lead to an unfortunate incident. This is why the Town of Oakville has designated the following outdoor rinks and locations as public skating venues:
- Bloomfield Park at West Oak Trails
- Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park at Bronte Rd & Ontario St.
- Clearview Park at Clearview
- Falgarwood Park at Iroquois Ridge
- Glenashton Park at Iroquois Ridge
- Langtry Park at Glen Abbey (west of Third Line)
- Millbank Park at Uptown Core
- Nottinghill Park at Glen Abbey (east of Third Line)
- Sixteen Hollow Park at West Oak Trails
The availability of the above locations are subject to favourable weather conditions and will be handled by the Parks and Open Space department.
Of course, neighbourhoods with a suitable place can propose to have their facility or location be included in the list, but that means that residents must commit to maintaining the neighbourhood rink and also fill up and file the neighbourhood ice rink request form.
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Some facilities do require a minimal fee, at about $4 per person with discounts given to senior citizens and groups of 5 individuals maximum. Frequent visitors also have the option to go for pay per visit, per 10 visits, or opt for the 3 months and 1 year swim/skate passes. If you’re into hockey, single admission is an affordable $7.50 per person.
Just be sure to have some cash though, as some skating locations like those in Kinoak, Maple Grove, and Oakville areas can only take cash payments. Also, don’t forget to give each facility which you plan to visit a call before showing up to ensure you’ll be admitted and that the skating rink is open on the day of your visit. With Oakville being the home of several great hockey players, it is near impossible not to have a love of the ice and the pleasures it brings.
If you love the idea of a Town with an array of great activities lined-up for every season, then you can’t go wrong with Oakville! Oakville has plenty of great neighbourhoods to fit any lifestyle and need. Contact us so we can assist you in finding that elusive Canadian luxury home you’ve always wanted.