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Kelowna preparing ice for popular Stuart Park skating rink

FILE PHOTO - The Stuart Park ice rink is almost ready for residents to enjoy. The outdoor rink will be open to the public on Dec. 1, depending on the weather.

Kelowna is getting the Stuart Park ice rink ready in time for residents to enjoy a December skate.

The outdoor ice rink will be open to the public for free skating on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., depending on the weather, according to a City of Kelowna media release.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the community to enjoy outdoor skating at the Stuart Park rink this season,” city supervisor for arenas and stadiums Steve Fagan said in the release.

“Skating at Stuart Park is one of the highlights of winter in Kelowna and we’re excited to return to a casual-use, drop-in model, but do encourage all attendees to be safe and considerate of others."

Residents can check ice and crowd conditions on a still image live cam before heading to the rink. The live cam is updated every couple of minutes.

Skates are available to rent daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., however the rental shop will be closed on Dec. 25.

All skaters are asked to follow rink regulations and are encouraged to wear helmets.
“We encourage anyone coming down to the rink to check the live cam in advance to help avoid crowding,” Fagan said.

“It’s important that the community works together and is considerate of one another as crowding can lead to further restrictions or closures in a pandemic environment.”

The city also reminds skaters that if the outdoor rink is too busy, they can enjoy an indoor skate at Capital News Centre, Memorial Arena and Rutland Arena.

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