Out Door Rink (ODR)

Although outdoor skating and hockey is permitted, there are restrictions and requirements that must be adhered to (also see the latest rules from the city):

  • 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 2021, 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.

See https://www.facebook.com/groups/2537978573169546/ for the latest rink news and schedule (also posted near the rink).

Matt Karam · 19 January 2022 at 2:49 pm · Weekly schedule

I will start posting a weekly schedule on this page, as well as just outside the rink. For now, we have the following:
Mon: U12 4:30-6
Tues: Women’s (all ages) 6-7
Wed : U12 4:30-6
Thurs: Volunteer game 9-11
I may also add a parent/child game early on Sat.

[Rink Schedule Whiteboard at the Rink]   [Rink Sign on 20220125 with fancier writing]

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) again in the 2021 season. We would like to thank Matt, Paul and Dan for their commitment to make it all happen.

We had strong support from the community for rink maintenance, but we will need all the help we can get again this year. If you are interested in volunteering (especially students looking to fulfill their community hour requirements), please email Matt at 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.

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.

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!

[Hockey Rink being well Enjoyed]