What does it take to build the community rink? It takes a village. Naw, just kidding you. It takes volunteers. 

The Public Rink Usage PROTOCOL will be as follows:

Following is the Covid heath and safety protocol guidelines and requirements. They are non-negotiable as per City directives.

Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a Letter of Instruction (LOI) to restrict the number of people at an ice surface to a maximum of 25 at one time, due to the escalating COVID-19 situation with the Omicron variant. This capacity limit goes into effect on December 26.

A total of 25 people are allowed on a boarded rink at a time, the numbers are reduced further for the smaller puddle rinks to allow for 2-meter physical distancing at all times. It is highly recommended that skaters wear masks.
Two-metre physical distancing rules apply. Signs will be posted.

Rink Volunteers are not responsible for enforcement, however they can contact 3-1-1 to report concerns or observed infractions if friendly reminders are not effective.

Indoor change rooms, excluding bathrooms, are to be closed to the public but can be used by volunteer operators to carry out their duties.

We will continue to follow to directives provided to us from the Province and Ottawa Public Health.
The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we must be prepared to modify or pause our operations as necessary.
The Seasonal Recreation team is committed to working with each of you and providing the necessary support during these challenging times.


At the beginning of the season volunteers are required to: help clear away the leaves and debris in order to prepare the base ice. As well throughout the rink season the work involves snow clearing, patching and flooding. We have a leaf blower (though the kindness of a neighbour) and CHARA owns a snowblower too! For volunteer work descriptions click here

Operates from December 15 to February 28 if weather permits.

  • Monday to Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Who needs to be vaccinated?

All City of Ottawa employees, contractors, volunteers and students must be fully vaccinated as of November 1, 2021.

  1. What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated means that it has been at least 14 days since receiving the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines as defined by the Ontario Ministry of Health. This would also include any additional vaccine doses required in the future in accordance with public health direction.

  1. Why did the City implement a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy?

With increasing numbers of new COVID-19 infections, and with the highly transmissible Delta variant now in our community, the need to protect and support the health of both employees and residents must remain our primary concern. Vaccines are proving to prevent infections, to be highly effective against serious COVID-19 infection and decrease transmission of the virus, making them an important support for occupational health and safety.

  1. What is valid proof of vaccination? Acceptable proof includes official documentation verifying receipt of a full vaccination series such as:
    A vaccination receipt issued by the Province of Ontario
    A vaccination receipt issued by the Province of Quebec
    A vaccination receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider
    Documentation issued by another province or country

If you do not have your proof of vaccination and need a copy from the Canadian province or territory where you were vaccinated, please visit the website of the province or territory in which you received your vaccine(s).

  1. Why is frequent testing not being offered as an alternative as it has in other organizations?

Employee health and safety is our top priority. Vaccines are proving to prevent infections, to be highly effective against serious COVID-19 infection and decrease transmission of the virus, making them an important support for occupational health and safety. Routine asymptomatic testing is not an equivalent substitute for a completed series of COVID-19 vaccinations.

  1. I have a medical condition and am not able to be vaccinated, does this policy apply to me?

Yes, contractors who are unable to comply with this policy for a medical reason will not be permitted to access a City facility. If you have a temporary medical exemption, you will need to become fully vaccinated as soon as it is medically safe for you to do so.

Rink Manual 2016.  (intense reading)

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