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Neighbourhood Outdoor Ice Rinks


The Neighbourhood Supported Outdoor Ice Rinks document outlines administrative and operational procedures regarding neighbourhood supported ice rinks formed and maintained on City property.

The procedures are meant to assist civic minded citizens and groups in providing public skating opportunities in their neighbourhoods where such initiatives enhance recreational opportunities and are consistent with the interests of the City of London.  The City of London appreciates such community initiatives.  Through these procedures and outlines of responsibilities, we want to assist citizens in providing ice rinks that maximize positive experiences and usage for users, volunteers and the Corporation of the City of London. 

How is an Outdoor Community Ice Rink Approved?

1.  A letter outlining the request and the community benefits of the proposal is submitted to the appropriate Supervisor of Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services (NCFS) by contacting customer service at 519-661-5575 or email to recreation@london.ca.

2. The Supervisor of NCFS meets with the requester to:

  • assess the level of interest of the Corporation in an ice rink in the area proposed.
  • determine need for rink of public lands (park site or open space) as opposed to alternate locations.
  • outline the procedures and steps for approval and/or support for the rink.

3. City staff (from NCFS, Parks Planning and Design, and Parks and Recreation) designate/identify suitable site ensuring:

  • reasonable freedom from hazards.
  • reasonable flat surface.
  • suitable water source and storage
  • access for emergency vehicles
  • accessibility for community users
  • avoidance of excessive number of rinks in a given area

Please note that natural ice formations (e.g. natural hollows, ponds, city boulevards, road allowances) may not necessarily constitute suitable sites.

4.  Requester fulfills pre-conditions for approval by:

1) In the case of an incorporated group:

  • indicating a willingness to attend training sessions provided by the City and abide by procedures developed by the City.
  • provide name and contact information of principal contact.
  • provide a certificate of insurance (PDF)in the amount of $2 million naming the Corporation of the City of London as co-insured

2) In the case of an ad hoc citizens group:

  • enlisting as City of London volunteer(s).
  • indicating a willingness to attend training sessions provided by the City and abide by procedures developed by the City.
  • provide name and contact information of principal contact.
  • provide a list of at least six (6) citizens involved in ongoing and consistent support of rink.
  • Submit volunteer form (PDF)

 

Outdoor Ice Rink Locations

Belvedere Park - 65 Victor Street
Norwest Optimist Park - 48 Hawthorne Road
University Heights Park - 290 Trott Drive

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