Boards for the neighbourhood outdoor rink near Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School are in place for the skating season. Like last year, the city will maintain 77 outdoor rinks throughout Red Deer. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Outdoor community rinks in Red Deer mostly ready for use

Most outdoor rinks in Red Deer will be ready for use starting Saturday, the city has announced.

“The recent cold temperatures and snowfall have provided the right conditions for ice build up; however, some rinks still have thin spots,” the City of Red Deer said in news release Friday.

“As rinks are ready to open, hockey nets will be delivered and lighting systems will be activated at the locations. Crews expect to have all locations open over the weekend.”

The city is reminding skaters the use of helmets is recommended at all times, and hockey is not permitted at Bower Ponds or the ice skating oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park.

The community is encouraged to reach out to their Neighbourhood Activity Centres to confirm operations. Each location may have different opportunities for washroom access, indoor skate changing and warming areas due to the current public health environment. To contact a Neighbourhood Activity Centre near you, please visit

The ice oval at Setters Place at Great Chief Park opened Friday. Setters Place operates within the provincial Restrictions Exemption program. To use the indoor warming areas or washrooms, guests are required to follow the program requirements.

For more information about outdoor rinks, visit

This new story was updated Monday, December 21.

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