Out Door Rink (ODR)

Important notice – Provincial Shutdown Update – Outdoor Rinks

On Tuesday February 16th, 2021, the Government of Ontario is moving Ottawa to the orange level of restriction. The main difference at Champlain Park is that team sports (hockey) is now allowed, with restrictions.

Although outdoor skating is permitted, there are restrictions and requirements that must be adhered to:

  • There is a requirement to wear masks within 15 meters of the rink.
  • A maximum of 25 skaters permitted on boarded rinks.
  • A maximum of 12 skaters on puddle rinks.
  • Maintain a 2 meter physical distance between those residing in different households.

The orange level of restriction does allow for game play to resume and indoor facilities to be open for purposes beyond washroom and first aid use. Therefore, effective Tuesday February 16th, the following allowances will be implemented within the outdoor rink program:

  • Hockey, ringette and other game play activity will be permitted on the rinks with the requirement for those from different households to maintain a 2 meter physical distance.
  • Indoor facilities will be open for washroom use, first aid requirements, warming and skate changing (health screening must be completed before entering the facility) – may not be available at Champlain Park.

Public requests for ice time permits will continue to be forwarded to the rink operators. The restrictions for hockey or ringette apply to permit requests as well.

Please let your Rink Supervisors know if you have any specific questions pertaining to your rink: Contact Matt @ ChamplainParkRink@gmail.com

The contract to build and maintain the Champlain Park outdoor rink will be managed by the Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) for the 2020 season. We would like to thank Dan Wilcock for his efforts in coordinating the agreement between the CPCA and the City of Ottawa. We are particularly grateful to Champlain Park residents Matt Karam and Paul O’Blenes, who have volunteered as rink coordinators this year. 

We have received strong interest from the community to assist with the rink maintenance, but we will need all the help we can get. If you are interested in volunteering this year (especially students looking to fulfill their community hour requirements), please email Matt @ ChamplainParkRink@gmail.com. The timing of our maintenance schedule will be essential in preserving the rink well through the winter. For example, shovelling snow before a thaw or small frequent clearings during a blizzard can drastically reduce closures. A large volunteer network will help ensure we maximize the number of days the rink is open.

Our volunteers are eager to begin building the rink as soon as the weather permits, hopefully by mid-December. Typically, the base portion requires 10-15 cm’s of snowfall, followed by packing down the snow and flooding the ice which can take approximately one week. The current forecast suggests the preparation could begin by December 15th.  The season can sometimes extend well into March as long as the entire community is committed to maintaining the ice surface. Our plan is to also revive the oval skating track this year. 

Given the current public health conditions and the City of Ottawa’s COVID protocols for indoor spaces, the CPCA made the difficult decision not to enter a rink supervision agreement with the City. As a result, the CPCA will not be providing public access to the Fieldhouse change rooms or supervised rink hours (including booked events). We will continue to monitor developments and the City’s guidance, and make any appropriate changes. We encourage all rink users to review the City of Ottawa’s outdoor skating rules.

A special thank you to St. George School, who graciously donated three benches which will be available outdoors to put on and take off skates.

Finally, here are four suggestions to help ensure the community has a great skating season: 

1) Respect others, including adhering to social distancing rules.

2) Try to leave the rink in better shape than how you found it.

3) Please keep snow off the boards (1′ away or over is preferred).

4) Have fun!

[Early morning sunrise over freshly flooded rink on January 18 2021]