Outdoor Ice rinks

Volunteers are working to get the outdoor ice rinks open for the community as soon as possible.

Please follow current COVID-19 guidelines and social gathering limits when using our outdoor rinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the “stay-at-home order” going into effect Thursday, January 14, 12:01 a.m. the Township having consulted with WDGPH and following the provincial framework would, like to provide clarification on what park amenities are open for “exercise” during the Provincially mandated “Province-wide Shutdown”.  Two meter physical distancing and face masks should be maintained at all times when using public facilities.

  • Outdoor ice rinks: skating, shooting pucks and puck handling are permitted while maintaining 2M distancing, however scrimmage and games are not permitted as per O. Reg 82/20 . Maximum 10 people on the ice at once.

If you have concerns that physical distancing or the provincial regulations are not being followed please contact:

Wellington County OPP: 519 856 1506

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health: 800 265 7293


Guelph/Eramosa has several outdoor rinks in our neighbourhood parks that are maintained by fantastic community volunteers who help to provide hours of outdoor enjoyment for people of all ages. 

Where are the rinks located?

Max Storey Park, Dunbar and Ridge Road, Rockwood - OPEN

Cross Creek Park, 78 Cross Creek Boulevard - CLOSED 

Lloyd Dyer Park, 209 Balaclava Street, Rockwood - OPEN

Marden Park, 7368 Wellington Road 30 - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Valentino Park, Fountain Street, Rockwood - OPEN

Eden Mills Park, 19 Memorial Street, Eden Mills - CLOSED 

David Masson, 201 Landrex Boulevard, Rockwood - OPEN


Volunteers Needed!

We invite you to join the list of community builders and become a volunteer at your local outdoor ice rink! The success of the outdoor ice rinks is in the hands of our community members!  Being an outdoor ice rink volunteer is a great way to meet neighbours and give back to the community.  If you are a high school student, volunteering at your local ice rink could count towards your 40 hours of required volunteer time.

How do I volunteer?

Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 519-856-9596 ext. 113 or kchiasson@get.on.ca

What is the time commitment?

This depends on the number of volunteers at your local outdoor ice rink.  The initial building of the rink is time consuming but once the base is established, it could take no more than one hour a night to maintain the rink.  So, if your rink has seven volunteers, that would be one hour per week per volunteer.

Winters are getting milder, so why have outdoor rinks?

The temperature only needs to be below -5 degrees celsius to make ice and it does not matter if there is snow.  Typically, we are seeing 30 to 45 skating dates per season in southwestern Ontario.

Do I require equipment to be a volunteer?

No, the Township provides a water source, hose, shovels and nets for each location.