Those looking for a place to stretch their skating legs have a new option in Midland.
With the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (NSSRC) currently closed for all sports activity due pandemic restrictions, the town considered some staff ideas to provide residents an option for outdoor activity.
So they decided to create a new temporary outdoor rink in the NSSRC parking lot.
“With skating not currently possible inside the NSSRC, the next-best alternative was to offer an option outside, where residents can have easy access to skate and enjoy some outdoor exercise,” said Midland operations director Dylan Flannery.
“Minimal staffing is required to maintain the outdoor rink, and we hope this small gesture helps reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and presents a safer outdoor option for residents to get out and enjoy the winter weather.”
The temporary outdoor rink is located in the NSSRC parking lot, just south of the Frederick Street entrance into the lot, and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with safety rules in place, including:
• A maximum of 50 skaters on the ice surface at one time;
• A recommendation that all skaters wear CSA approved helmets;
• All participants must wear skates while on the ice surface. Those without skates are not permitted on the ice surface;
• Chairs, sleds, strollers, and other obstructions are not permitted on the ice surface; and
• The use of hockey sticks is not permitted.