Courtesy and fun to be had at outdoor skating rinks

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Takeo Smith, 4, skates on the arena ice during the Kinsmen Sportsplex's public skating hour on Saturday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki

There aren’t many rules when it comes to using city rinks.

“It’s general kind of common sense that such games as crack the whip and tank are not allowed,” said Barb Fysh, services manager with the city’s parks and recreation department. “There’s a danger in too many of them getting onto the end (while playing the game) and (people should) be courteous to each other and help contribute to a safe environment on the rink.”

The city has eight supervised skating rinks and seven unsupervised rinks. Starting today, the supervised outdoor rinks will be run Monday to Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lights will be automatically turned on daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There is no charge to use the rinks and the outdoor rinks will likely be open until the end of February depending on weather.

“(Supervised rinks) just means they have a heated shack to go in and put their skates on or to warm up,” said Fysh. “We don’t have those facilities at all of them.”

She said the biggest thing to remember while on the outdoor rinks is to have fun and respect everyone else who came out to enjoy it as well.

“Whenever hockey and skaters are both on an outdoor rink, whether it’s supervised or not, we try and share it half and half so that one half can be used for hockey, the other for skating,” said Fysh. “(People should) respect the rink itself and the building so that everybody can have a safe and enjoyable environment to skate.”

From day to day it can vary on how many people use the rinks.

“Some days you’ll have, weather dependent obviously, you’ll have lots and then another day you might not have any,” said Fysh. “There is the skating oval that’s available as well.”

The 400-metre skating oval in Wakamow Valley also has few rules, said Margaret Moran, CEO of Wakamow Valley Authority.

She said the main rule is no hockey sticks are allowed on the oval. However, individuals can play hockey on the Moose Jaw River as long as caution is used as always.

“If they wanted to clear themselves a little area to play some shinny hockey (on the river), that’s totally acceptable,” said Moran.

For information on where the city’s rinks are located, visit moosejaw.ca or call the parks and recreation department at 306-694-4447.

Organizations: Wakamow Valley Authority

Geographic location: Moose Jaw River

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