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Apply to run an Outdoor Neighbourhood Ice Rink; Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond to Open in December


*Please see below a media release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.— Nov. 19, 2020 — The City of Burlington is launching the annual Neighbourhood Rink Program where neighbourhoods maintain outdoor community ice rinks at their local park this winter. Applications for the Neighbourhood Rink program are available now at and are due by Dec. 2, 2020.

Modifications have been made to the program to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Outdoor skating is a great activity for the family. We’re excited to bring these two 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.” – Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Burlington

The City of Burlington will work with your group to support your neighbourhood rink by:

  • Providing, installing and leveling of 15 cm high rink boards (approximate size of the rink is 11x24m)
  • Providing a tarp and hoses
  • Providing a training manual including tips on ice maintenance

Applicants who apply 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

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.

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Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond

The ice rink at Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond (1340 Lakeshore Rd.) will open in December when weather conditions are favourable. To help control crowds and slow the spread of COVID-19, residents wanting to skate will be able to book a 60-minute time-slot. Details including how to set up an account and reserve a spot will be shared once the details are finalized. Check for updates.


PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages (and subscribe) and, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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