(File photo)

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Ponoka’s outdoor skating rink opens for the season

The Outdoor Skating Rink (ODR) next to the Arena Complex at 4410 54 St. opened for the season on Dec. 18.

Residents will be able to lace up their skates and enjoy the outdoor ice surface on a first-come, first-served basis.

When using the ODR, the town asks that you please limit your time to an hour to allow others a chance to enjoy the ice.

Throughout the season, town crews will continue to maintain the ODR by flooding the ice surface and clearing it of snow as needed.

Citizens can also enjoy the ODR in the evening as the outdoor lights will operate between 5 and 10 p.m.

“For the past couple of weeks, town crews have been working hard to get the ODR up and running for the community,” said chief administrative officer Sandra Lund, in a press release.

“The warmer weather caused the ice surface to be a bit delayed this year. Now with the frigid temperatures this past week, we’re pleased to announce the ODR is ready to open.”

Downtown Skating Plaza

Boards and plexiglass have been installed at the Downtown Skating Plaza and crews are now working on the ice surface.

When the Downtown Skating Plaza is ready to open, an announcement will be posted to the town’s website at www.ponoka.ca and on social media.

COVID-19 regulations

Residents are encouraged to continue following provincial health regulations and guidelines at all outdoor rinks, including physical distancing from other households and staying home if you are feeling unwell.

Indoor public skating and shinny hockey

For the month of December, free public skating and shinny hockey are offered indoors at the Ponoka Arena Complex on weekdays and weekends.

To see a schedule, visit the town’s website.

Winter outdoor recreation

With the arrival of winter conditions, there are many more outdoor activities will soon be available in Ponoka, such as cross-country skiing and the skating trail at the Lions Centennial Park.

Updates on when these activities will open for the season will be posted to the town’s website and social media.

Town of Ponoka