Shaun McLaren helps Chase McLaren, four, learn to skate at Lions Centennial Park on Dec. 30. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Shaun McLaren helps Chase McLaren, four, learn to skate at Lions Centennial Park on Dec. 30. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Centennial Park skating trail now open

Trail officially opened Dec. 30

The ice skating trail at Lions Centennial Park is ready and officially opened Dec. 30.

“We are excited to provide citizens with the opportunity to get outside and enjoy outdoor recreational facilities with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andrew Jones, recreation coordinator, in a press release.

The Christmas lights are also being kept up for longer for skaters to enjoy.

The Ponoka County East District Fire Department donated its time and equipment again this year to work with town winter operations crews to help build the ice trail. The fire department will continue flooding the ice surface as needed through the winter.

Town of Ponoka winter operations crews will clear snow from the ice trail throughout the winter.

The Downtown Skating Plaza remains closed for public use until an official opening is announced. The opening will be announced on ponoka.ca and on the town’s social media pages.

COVID-19 measures

Due to COVID-19, skaters are asked to keep a two metre distance from those outside their household. If there is not enough room to physically distance on the skating trail then please wait until there is more space to go skating.

Skaters are asked to limit their time on the ice to allow others who may be waiting for the opportunity to skate as well. Skaters are also asked to please follow all provincial health orders and recommendations, including physical distancing from those outside your household, and to wear a mask where possible.

– With a file from the Town of Ponoka