*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 burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink 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.
For more information, visit burlington.ca/neighbourhoodrink.
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 burlington.ca/pond for updates.
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ 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 burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
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 bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist