(File photo)

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Public skating, shinny hockey return to the Ponoka Arena Complex

Public skating and shinny hockey have returned to the large and small indoor ice surfaces at the Ponoka Arena Complex.

For the month of December, both public skating and shinny hockey will be offered free on weekdays and weekends as follows:

Public skating:

– Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the small ice.

– Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the small ice.

– Sundays, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on the small ice.

No pucks or sticks are permitted during public skating.

Shinny hockey:

– Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the large ice.

– Thursdays, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on the small ice.

– Saturdays, 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on the small ice.

Helmets are required.

COVID-19 requirements

In accordance with provincial COVID-19 regulations and requirements, the Arena Complex will continue to operate at one third of fire code capacity.

There will be a maximum capacity of 35 people on the small ice and 50 people on the large ice. Masks must be worn in the Ponoka Arena Complex except when individuals are on the ice.

All Arena visitors must physically distance from other households. Citizens are required to pre-register online for public skating and shinny hockey by visiting the town’s website.

For more information, please contact the Ponoka Aquaplex at 403-783-0131 or email recreation@ponoka.ca.

Outdoor ice surfaces

Work is currently underway on preparing the ice surface at the outdoor skating rink (ODR) beside of the Ponoka Arena Complex.

The opening date of the ODR will depend on weather conditions.

The installation of boards and fencing is completed at the Downtown Skating Plaza. The opening date of the Skating Plaza will also be weather dependant.

Announcements will be posted to the town’s website at www.ponoka.ca and on the town’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) when the ODR and the Downtown Skating Plaza are open for public use.

Town of Ponoka