Parks and Recreation Update – January 2021

Parks and Recreation Update – January 2021

Check out our Virtual Arts and Recreation Centre!

Start 2021 with a new virtual hobby. The City will be offering a wide range of classes including arts, cooking, fitness, meditation, languages and more. These courses are offered in a real-time, live stream, interactive format. Firstly, there are short workshops, followed by six-week courses, and then another round of workshops.

This is a great opportunity to learn something new or continue an activity you enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home. Why not ask a friend to join up with you and you can virtually meet in class? Activity is great for both physical and mental health.

Dates to remember:
The eGuide listings will be available online on a new website page –– which will be live on Monday, January 11.
Courses on sale – Thursday, January 14
Programs start – Monday, January 25

Mandatory masks around City rinks

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, masks are now mandatory within 15 metres (50 feet) of the ice edge around all City owned or operated on behalf of the City, public outdoor rinks. Masks are not mandatory when skating, but highly recommended. For those enjoying the beautiful outdoor rinks Ottawa has to offer, please keep a two-metre distance from anyone not in your household.

25-person limit on all City rinks and sledding hills

Please note that the maximum number of people on ice surfaces and sledding hills is now set to 25. This is to ensure physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will be on a first come first serve basis for community rinks and sledding hills, so please be considerate of others wishing to take part in this winter activity.

Refrigerated ice surfaces move to reserved skating

Starting Saturday, January 9, the four refrigerated ice rinks will move to a reservation system. Skaters at the City Hall Rink of Dreams, Lansdowne Park Skating Court, Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink of Dreams and Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink will be required to show their reservation on a mobile device or printed paper.

Bookings open on Friday, January 8 at 6 pm. Skate sessions will be booked in 45-minute slots. To reserve please visit

For more information please visit

Let’s enjoy the outdoor ice that the City has to offer, but let’s do it safely.

Reminder, City facilities remain closed

As we continue the province-wide shut down, recreation and cultural facilities remain temporarily closed. For more information, please visit