Outdoor rinks and ski trails ready for use in Charlottetown

Published on January 26, 2016

In this Guardian file photo, Charlottetown parks and recreation worker Ken Flanagan holds the hose steady for Todd Steele as he floods the rink near Founders Hall.

The City of Charlottetown encourages the public to be active through it’s winter active campaign by taking advantage of the outdoor rinks and trails.

The city has five of its outdoor rinks open, including East Royalty on MacRae Drive; the field in front of Founders’ Hall; J. Bomber Callaghan Park at 199 Patterson Drive; Orlebar Park on the corner of Orlebar and Summer streets; and Mulberry Park off of Mulberry Avenue.

The rinks are resurfaced on a regular basis when the weather permits.

Three other outdoor rinks are being constructed, at Bell Heights Park, Centennial Park and MacArthur Park. Crews are hopeful the additional rinks will be up and running sometime this weekend. (Check rink conditions at: www.charlottetown.ca/outdoorrinks.php).

Mayor Clifford Lee says it is all part of the city’s goal of improving the quality of life in Charlottetown.

“Winter can seem long and dreary for some so we offer programs and outdoor activities to encourage active living and the enjoyment of all that this great city has to offer, regardless of the season,” Lee said in a news release.

The parks and recreation department also maintains ski trails at Belvedere Golf Course and Victoria Park. When weather permits, the trails are groomed twice a week. The trails are open, but additional snow cover is needed to improve the conditions. Snowshoeing is also available at both locations. Participants must bring their own snowshoes or skis. A limited number of snowshoes are provided on Sundays at Victoria Park from 2-4 p.m.

For those who prefer walking, the Victoria Park boardwalk is cleared regularly, as is the Confederation Trail from Joseph Ghiz Park to the city Limits at Royalty Junction.

Coun. Mitchell Tweel, chairman of the parks and recreation committee, says a lot of hard work goes into maintaining the rinks and trails.

“Staff flood the rinks during the day and the evening. They also resurface during the day, seven days per week, as the weather permits. We’re happy to do this for all of our residents and visitors,” Tweel said.

The ideal temperature for the outdoor rinks is about -6 degrees Celsius. There is some warm weather in the current forecast that may affect the condition of the rinks. Once the weather becomes colder, flooding and resurfacing will resume.

The outdoor rinks and trails will be maintained as long as weather conditions continue to be suitable.

The public is encouraged to check on the status of the rinks and trails by visiting the city’s website at www.charlottetown.ca

For additional information, call 902-368-1025.