Outdoor Skating Rinks

Outdoor rinks provide a valuable leisure experience in your own neighbourhood. The City of North Bay operates a total of thirteen rinks in the City. Some are supervised by caretakers hired by the City. Others are dependant on volunteers to operate.

Rink Condition Summary

 

Rink Status
Birchaven (Sage) Closed
Bourke Playground Closed
Circle Lake Playground Closed
Graniteville Playground Closed
Greenhill Playground Closed
Kinette Playground Closed
Caldwell / Ellam Park Closed
Police Playground Closed
Riverbend / Kerr Closed
W. Ferris Lions Park / Massey Closed
Veronica Closed

Supervised Rinks

Rink caretakers are hired at five locations and are on duty for approximately 8 -10 weeks (weather dependant) beginning in the first week of January after New Years. (Call Parks and Recreation Department for start date) The caretakers at these locations open the building for public use on a regular weekly schedule during the season. At these locations, a schedule will be posted showing public skating and hockey shinny times.

Rinks with Caretakers

The following rink locations have caretakers on duty

Rink Location Comments
Greenhill Playground Pearce Street No Caretaker on Sundays.
Circle Lake Playground Lakeheights  
Caldwell Ellam Carruthers Street No Caretaker on Sundays.
Kerr Park Riverbend Road No Caretaker on Sundays.

Note: Bourke Park Skating Oval is for skating only.

Caretaker Hours

Caretakers are available at Caldwell Ellam, Kerr Park, Greenhill Playground, Circle Lake Playground, Kinette Playground according to the following schedule:

Position Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Total hrs
Rink Chargehand OFF OFF 3:30 – 11pm 3:30 – 11pm 3:30 – 11pm 11:00 - 7pm 11:00 - 7pm 40 hours
Rink Caretaker OFF OFF 3:30 – 11pm 3:30 – 11pm 3:30 – 11pm 11:00 - 7pm 11:30 - 7pm 37.5 x 7

Community Rink Schedule

Caldwell Ellam, Kerr Park, Circle Lake Playground and Greenhill Playground use is subject to the following schedule:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 - 11:00am Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Neighbourhood
11:00-12:30 pm Maintenance Maintenance
12:30-1:30 pm Public Skating Public Skating
1:30-3:30 pm Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey Permit/Shinny Permit /Shinny
3:30–5:00pm Public Skating Public Skating Public Skating Public Skating Public Skating
5:00-6:00 pm Permit/Shinny Permit/Shinny Permit/Shinny Permit/Shinny Permit/Shinny
6:00-7:00 pm Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey Neighbourhood Neighbourhood
7:00-8:00 pm Public Skating Public Skating Public Skating
8:00-10:00pm Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey Shinny Hockey
10:00-11:00pm Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance

Important Notes

  • NEIGHBOURHOOD TIME IS NOT SUPERVISED BY CITY STAFF, RINK WILL BE OPEN (LIGHTS TURN OFF AUTOMATICALLY AT 11 pm)
  • THE BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED UNLESS A NEIGHBOURHOOD VOLUNTEER IS ON SITE SUPERVISING THE FACILITIES
  • Use during Neighbourhood time will be determined by the neighbourhood group and or users.
  • If there is no permit scheduled during the designated time period, it will be scheduled as shinny hockey.
  • Permitted Rinks ONLY Caldwell/Ellam, Kerr Park
  • Permits holders are required to shovel the ice surface during the last 10 minutes of their permit.
  • Other users during the Neighbourhood and City Supervised time are encouraged to assist with shoveling the ice.

 

Volunteers may also assist at these rink locations. With volunteers and proper weather conditions, a rink could be operating in your neighbourhood before Christmas.

Volunteer Based Rinks

A number of the City's outdoor rinks require the support of volunteers for rink start up, maintenance, building supervision and programming. If there are no volunteers, there will be no rink in the neighbourhood.

The following rinks need volunteers:
Police Playground 430 Stones Street
Kinette Playground Rock Street
Bourke Beattie Street
Circle Lake Lake Heights Drive
Veronica Alexander Road
Greenhill Pearce Street

 

How to volunteer at an Outdoor Rink location

For those who are interested in volunteering, an information package is available at the Parks and Recreation Department. This package outlines how the volunteer based program works, fundraising options, City support services, volunteer training and responsibilities. Each person who volunteers must complete a volunteer form and are also required to provide a criminal reference check. Please contact the Department at 474-0400 ext 2329 for more information.

With volunteers and proper weather conditions, a rink could be operating in your neighbourhood before Christmas.

For more information call 474-0400 ext 2335.

Outdoor Ice Permit Program

Attention Hockey and Ringette Coaches - Outdoor Ice available for practice!

Take your team to an outdoor rink

The City of North Bay, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department is booking outdoor rink ice time at Caldwell Ellam (Laurentian) Playground located on Montrose, Kerr Park located on Riverbend Road. The ice time will be rented to local hockey and ringette teams at a rate of $23.20/ hour + HST.

Times available:

Wednesday to Sunday: 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Contacts

Parks, Recreation and Leisure
 General Inquiries
 (705) 474-0400 x2329