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St. Catharines, ON
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Community Outdoor Ice Rink

Community Outdoor Ice Rinks Pilot Project

Looking to start up an outdoor ice rink for the community to enjoy? The City's Community Outdoor Ice Rink Pilot Project is here to help you get set up for the upcoming skating season.

The City is seeking volunteer groups to build, operate and maintain outdoor ice rinks in City-owned parks. Outdoor ice rinks that are driven by the community help build civic pride, promote healthy lifestyles, and truly make St. Catharines a place where everyone can play.

The community outdoor ice rink season will run from Dec. 1 to March 20.

Locations

 

The City has selected six parks that are ideal for outdoor rinks based on the following:

  • reasonably flat surface
  • sufficient lighting
  • adequate parking
  • access for emergency vehicles

Volunteer groups may submit an application to build, operate and maintain outdoor ice rinks at the following locations: 

Water source

Volunteer groups are responsible for providing their own water source for the community outdoor ice rink. A suitable water source is not available at the parks the City has identified for the Community Outdoor Ice Rink Pilot Project. 

The City offers a grant up to $500 per rink to help cover watering costs.

Volunteer group responsibilities

  • Volunteer groups must allow all community members free and equal access to the outdoor ice rinks
  • Volunteer groups are responsible for acquiring and storing equipment and materials required to build, operate and maintain the outdoor ice rink, including boards, tarps, shovels, scrapers and water
  • The principal volunteer contact, or volunteer group lead, must complete and submit regular reports as required by the City
  • Volunteer groups must report and record all incidents, accidents or medical injuries at the outdoor ice rink, including incidents with participants, volunteers, and property damage
  • Volunteer groups are responsible for keeping the park and outdoor ice rink clean and safe by picking up debris and garbage and identifying and removing hazards quickly to reduce chance of injury.
  • Volunteer groups selected for the program must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session
  • Volunteer groups selected for the program must adhere to the Community Outdoor Ice Rink manual
  • Volunteer groups selected for the program must apply for a City permit. Please note, the City will waive permit fees for the Community Outdoor Ice Rink Pilot Project.
  • A minimum $2 million of commercial general liability insurance coverage that names the ‘Corporation of The City of St. Catharines’ as an additional insured is mandatory
  • An increased liability limit of $5 million or more and additional types of insurance coverage may be required

City responsibilities

  • The City will provide the land and space for the six identified outdoor ice rinks
  • The City will provide signage
  • The City will provide mandatory training sessions to review the following:
    • How to build an outdoor ice rink
    • How to complete the reporting requirements as mandated by the City

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be notified Monday, Oct. 7 and will be provided with the next steps to move forward with a partnership with the City to build, operate and maintain an community outdoor ice rink in a City park. Applications are available on EngageSTC.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

The registration period opens Monday, Aug. 26 and closes on Friday, Sept. 25.

Where can I get an application?

Online applications are available and can be submitted through EngageSTC.ca.

When will we know if we were selected?

Notification of successful applications will be sent on Monday, Oct. 7.

Do I have to have the entire form filled out? Or can I confirm who is part of the volunteer group once selected?

The application must be complete. A total of five volunteers must provide their contact information, including the Principle Volunteer Contact.

If a member of the volunteer group stops participating, can the rink remain open?

Yes, however a replacement volunteer must take their place. Additionally, the new volunteer must provide their contact information to the Principle Volunteer Contact and the Community Outdoor Ice Rink Coordinator as soon as possible.

Where can an ice rink be built?

The outdoor ice rink locations have been selected based on the following criteria: a reasonably flat surface, sufficient lighting, access for emergency vehicles, adequate parking, and one outdoor ice rink per ward. Locations include:

- Community Park (Merritton)

- Burgoyne Woods (St. Andrew’s)

- Berkley Park (St. George’s)

- St. Patrick’s Park (St. Patrick’s)

- Grantham Lions Park (Grantham)

- Port Dalhousie Lions Park (Port Dalhousie)

Can another location be suggested other than the identified six locations?

The six locations chosen by the City have been selected for a specific purpose. Those six locations have been selected based on the following criteria: they have a reasonably flat surface, sufficient lighting, access for emergency vehicles, and adequate parking.

However, the City will work with the volunteer groups to identify other locations.

What size of ice rink can be built?

Each outdoor ice rink location is allowed one rectangular boarded rink, as described in this document. The size of the outdoor ice rink is dependent upon the specific location. Below are the different outdoor ice rink sizes that may be applied to an outdoor ice rink location:

- Small 24’ x 40’ = 960 sq. ft. allows for 20 skaters

- Medium 32’ x 64’ = 2048 sq. ft. allows for 42 skaters

- Large 40’ x 80’ = 3200 sq. ft. allows for 65 skaters

- Extra Large 84’ x 48’ = 4032 sq. ft. allows for 82 skaters

Alternate outdoor ice rink layouts will not be considered.

Do we have to get a park permit?

Yes, all community outdoor ice rink activities taking place on City property will require a City issued permit. Please note that the permit fee for the Community Outdoor Ice Rink Pilot Project will be waived.

What insurance coverage is required?

A minimum $2 million of commercial general liability coverage naming the ‘Corporation of The City of St. Catharines’ as an additional insured is mandatory.

An increased liability limit of $5 million or more and additional types of insurance coverage may be required at the City's discretion.

Can we sell food and drinks at the ice rink?

No, those activities are prohibited at all outdoor ice rinks. Failure to comply will result in the revoked approval to build, operate, and maintain an outdoor ice rink on City property.

Are boards and tarp allowed to be used?

Yes, but the City will not provide or store those materials.

Volunteer groups are responsible for acquiring and storing equipment and materials required to build, operate and maintain the outdoor ice rink, including boards, tarps, shovels, scrapers and water.

Will / can the City store the materials we use throughout the season?

No. At no time, will the City of St. Catharines store materials required to build, operate or maintain the outdoor ice rinks.

When does the season end?

The season begins on December 1, 2019 and ends on March 20, 2020.

All materials used to build, operate, and maintain the ice rinks must be removed from the parks by March 31, 2020.

More Information

Email the Community Outdoor Ice Rink coordinator for more information.

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