Rotary pond skating rink closing suggests Spring is coming our way.

News 100 redBy Staff

February 27, 2017



Does the city know something the rest of us don’t know?

Is winter really over?

Meteorologists and climatologists in the northern hemisphere generally consider December, January and February as the winter months – Wednesday is March 1st – so it must be true.

Skating rink Discovery LandingTo make it real the city has officially closed the Rotary Pond skating rink at Discovery Landing.

Mild temperatures have brought the outdoor skating season to a close for the 2016-17 season.

Over the next few weeks, City of Burlington staff will begin preparing for the spring when the 10,000 square-foot (929 square-metre) feature transforms into a reflective pond.

Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation explains: “After a very successful season of outdoor skating, the city made the decision to close the rink at Discovery Landing for this winter. The record-breaking, mild temperatures we’ve experienced this month have made it challenging to maintain skating conditions that are safe and enjoyable. More than 14,500 skaters enjoyed some winter fun this season at the outdoor rink overlooking Spencer Smith Park and Lake Ontario. Thank you to everyone who donated skates to the city’s new skate lending program at Rotary Centennial Pond.”

There were 150 pairs of skates donated skates to the skate lending program; they were borrowed through the skate lending program on 1,200 occasions

The public was able to skate on the pond for 64 days in the 2016-17 season.

And that is more information than you really needed to know – skate loan program was a nice feature though; kudos for whoever came up with that idea.

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