Jason Bongalis and daughter Amelia (six) enjoy a morning skate at Centennial Outdoor rink last weekend. Along with outdoor skating, indoor skating is available at Kal Tire Place, which will hold a Pro-D toonie skate Jan. 29. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Lace up: Vernon’s outdoor rink skates into season

Centennial ice open for public skates and shinny

An outdoor recreation favourite has returned for another season of winter fun.

Recreation Services staff are pleased to announce the Centennial Outdoor Rink is officially open. There is a public skate at 7 p.m. tonight.

The outdoor rink provides opportunities for free public skating and shinny for citizens of all ages, and allows them to spend time being active outside with family and friends.

Users are reminded that helmets are mandatory for skaters 10 years and under and for shinny players, and helmets are strongly recommended for all skaters. All shinny players under 18 years of age also need to have a parent or guardian agree to the waiver, either online or at the front desk of the Vernon Recreation Centre.

While the outdoor rink is a refrigerated system, its operation is still very much weather dependent and may be closed due to weather conditions and holiday schedules. Members of the public are encouraged to check Greater Vernon Recreation Services’ social media channels on Facebook or Twitter, or its website, for daily updates before visiting the rink.

To learn more about skating in Greater Vernon and to see the updated schedule for the Centennial Outdoor Rink, visit gvrec.ca.

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