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Strathcona County Outdoor Rinks

Updates & Notices

March 17, 2017
ALL outdoor rinks are now CLOSED for the season.

Obey all posted signs and keep off of stormwater ponds. Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. This can make ice weak and unstable. Safety on ice is everyone’s responsibility: stay safe, keep off the ice.

During the winter months, outdoor rinks can be a great activity to explore with friends and family. Please keep in mind that outdoor rinks are not open when temperatures are warmer than 5°C or below -20°C. For the most up-to-date information, you can sign up for our outdoor rink status newsletter.

Strathcona County does not monitor the ice conditions on stormwater ponds (lakes).

Outdoor Rink Map

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Outdoor Rinks by Category

Boarded rinks with lights & change facilities

Heated change facilities are supervised from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon – Fri), 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sat, Sun & holidays)

Ice may be booked for practices Monday – Thursday for minor user groups from:

  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Sherwood Heights and Kinsmen/Westboro
  • 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Strathcona Athletic Park (SAP) and Brentwood

 

Boarded rinks with lights

The following rinks are lit from dusk to 10 p.m.:

Snow-banked rinks with skating path & change facilities

Heated change facilities are supervised from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Mon – Fri) and 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sat, Sun & holidays)

• (NEW) Emerald Hills – 4501 Emerald Drive

Snow-banked rinks
Rural rinks
  • Ardrossan – in the townsite on the north side of the Ardrossan Recreation Complex (rink boards and lights)
  • Colchester School (not maintained by Strathcona County) - 23358 Township Road 520
  • Deville/North Cooking Lake -Wye Road, Range Road 210 just north of Deville/North Cooking Lake Community (shelter and lights)

Booking an Outdoor Rink

Outdoor rink bookings are available for birthday parties or pick-up hockey games with friends 2 hours before and one hour after rink hours. Call to find out available times!

Ice bookings must be made by noon on Monday for the following week. Please call the Recreation, Parks and Culture Administration office at 780-467-2211.

Ice Safety

As a result of the colder temperatures, a layer of ice has formed on stormwater ponds and natural bodies of water in Strathcona County. Ice strength is affected by many factors including air temperature, road runoff, springs that feed into the water body, sun, wind, snow and overall thickness of the ice.

Stormwater ponds are unsafe for recreational activities like ice skating and hockey because they have a constant flow of water, which causes the ice to form in unstable conditions over the winter months. These unpredictable and fluctuating water levels create an environment in which the water may not freeze completely solid. Strathcona County does not monitor the thickness of ice for skating on any stormwater ponds or natural bodies of water – ice conditions are unknown.

Safety on ice is your responsibility

Remind your family to play safe and stay off the ice when signs are posted! Take proper care and be smart around ice-covered bodies of water.

Remember, you cannot judge the strength of ice by appearance alone. Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. This can make ice weak and therefore it is always best to use caution. 

Call 9-1-1 if someone falls through the ice

If someone falls through the ice, don’t go on the ice and try to pull them out… you may fall in too! Get help fast. Call out for help. Run to a nearby home and ask them to call 9-1-1.

Additional information
For ice safety information
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
780-415-1755 or visit http://www.lifesaving.org/

Last updated: Friday, March 17, 2017
Page ID: 38925