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Town of Okotoks: No Ice Skating Permitted on Storm Retention Ponds

Fire Services and Municipal Enforcement would like to remind residents that there is a real danger of falling through the ice on storm retention ponds and the Sheep River due to changing water levels.  Storm pond water/ice contact is prohibited in Okotoks. It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any open bodies of water.

Due to the runoff of road salts into the ponds, the saltwater has a lower freezing point than freshwater, which means ice will be thinner and weaker and not worth the risk to venture out on.  Water quality and changing weather conditions also compromise the ice causing the thickness to be significantly reduced.

The Town of Okotoks supports various outdoor skating rinks and tobogganing hills located on public lands throughout town. Rinks are snow cleared and flooded as resources permit on normal business days.

Outdoor Rinks & Toboggan Hills

The Town of Okotoks supports various outdoor skating rinks and tobogganing hills located on public lands throughout town. Rinks are snow cleared and flooded as resources permit on normal business days. Please stay off the ice while it is being flooded or cleared of snow. Please be courteous to other skaters and adjacent property owners. Recreational skaters have the right of way over hockey play. CSA-approved helmets must be worn when hockey sticks are in hand. The rinks are unsupervised and helmets are strongly recommended.

Tobogganing hills are inspected for hazards, but are not groomed. Unattended jumps will be removed. Helmet use while sledding is also strongly recommended. These amenities are free for public use and a great way to get the whole family active during winter.

Safety Tips

Fire Services and Municipal Enforcement would like to remind residents that there is a real danger of falling through the ice on storm retention ponds and the Sheep River due to changing water levels. Water quality and changing weather conditions, ice quality and thickness can be significantly reduced. Storm pond water/ice contact is prohibited. It is dangerous to walk, play or skate on any open bodies of water.

Rink Locations 

Kinsmen Rink, Okotoks Recreation Centre, 99 Okotoks Drive OPEN
Downtown Okotoks, 38 McRae Street (adjacent Olde Towne Plaza) Jan 9
Ardiel Park, 20 Ardiel Drive OPEN
Cedar Grove Park, 103 Lock Crescent OPEN
Pason Centennial Arena, #3- 204 Community Way OPEN
Westridge Close Park, 118 Westridge Close OPEN
Cimarron Park, 175 Cimarron Drive Jan 9
Suntree Park, 24 Suntree Lane CLOSED
Toboggan Hill Locations
Cimarron Park, 101 Cimarron Drive
Cedar Grove Park, 103 Lock Crescent
Drake Landing Drive Soccer Park, 45 Drake Landing Drive
Henderson Park, 191 Cimarron Vista Way
Kinsmen Park, 111 Oak Avenue (bowl area only)
Wathen Park, 17 Westfall Green

How to Get an Outdoor Rink in Your Community

Parks currently maintains nine outdoor rinks at various locations around Okotoks. Locations may change from year to year and there may be an opportunity to bring a temporary outdoor rink to your community. Click here to find out how.

 

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