It may be happening a little later than usual this season, but now most of the outdoor rinks maintained by the city of Airdrie are ready to be used.

The delay was thanks to the warm winter Airdrie has seen so far, but with the recent cold snap that blanketed Alberta over the last week which brought temperatures up to -50, the ice could be frozen enough to skate on.

According to Cory Anderson, who is with the City of Airdrie Parks Department all natural ice surfaces and boarded rinks are now flooded and ready to go.

These include Nose Creek Pond, Summerhill and Waterstone. Here is the list of boarded rinks that are also ready for use:

  • Bayside Drive
  • Big Springs Crescent green space
  • Chinook Winds Regional Park
  • East Lake Regional Park
  • Kings Heights Drive
  • Monklands Regional Park

Anderson stated the snowbank rinks are currently in the process of being flooded and prepared but will be ready to go sooner rather than later. 

"We've heard from lots of residents, and they're excited to get out on the outdoor rinks."

Those rinks include:

  • Bayview Way Park (Tennis courts at Bayview Way/Bayview Street)
  • Fletcher Regional Park
  • Plainsmen Arena/Jensen Park
  • Ravenswood (green space at Ravensmoor CM and Ravensmoor Way)
  • Town and Country Centre
  • Windsong (Green space near Windstone Ave)

All outdoor rinks maintained by the city, require individuals using them to wear a helmet. This initiative is to make this fun outdoor activity safer by ensuring all participants protect their heads.

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