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Red Deer outdoor rinks to open this weekend

Red Deerians who have been wanting to lace up their skates and hit the outdoor rinks are in luck.
Joe LeGuilloux had the rink to himself Tuesday afternoon. The Red Deer College student from Calgary was taking advantage of near perfect ice at the Bower rink. Outdoor ice in the city officially opens on Friday. (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

Red Deerians who have been wanting to lace up their skates and hit the outdoor rinks are in luck.

On Thursday, the City of Red Deer announced all outdoor rink locations, including natural ice surfaces, Bower Ponds and Setters Place a Great Chief Park, will be ready to use this weekend.

Hockey nets will be delivered and lighting systems will be activated at all applicable locations by Friday. The city is reminding skaters that the use of helmets is recommended at all times, and hockey is not permitted at Bower Ponds or the ice oval at Setters Place.

At Bower Ponds, concession and skate rental services are often available on-site and outdoor washrooms are available to the public daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. located on the south side of the Bower Ponds Pavilion. Information about the Bower Ponds Pavilion, its services and hours of operation can be found at

The ice oval at Setters Place is open 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about admission fees for the ice oval at Setters Place, as well as information on all other outdoor rinks, call 403-342-8159 or visit

The outdoor skating surface at Anders storm pond is closed for this season as this area is undergoing an active strategy to mitigate an unwelcome odour that arises each spring. This strategy includes lowering the water level, which will reduce ice thickness, making the pond unsafe for public use.

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Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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