City seeking volunteers to help maintain outdoor rinks

Posted on Monday November 27, 2017
Outdoor rinks

Another season of outdoor hockey is fast approaching!

City crews are busy erecting rink boards in neighbourhood parks throughout the community in anticipation of the coming winter season.

The practice of playing a game of shinny on an outdoor rink is a Canadian tradition with a long history in Cornwall. It is made possible in large part by the contributions of community-minded volunteers.

“The City simply doesn’t have the resources to maintain all of the outdoor rinks on its own,” said Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Coordinator. “We are fortunate to have residents who are willing to step up and give their time to help maintain this popular winter program.”

The usual arrangement sees the City erecting the boards and clearing snow, while the volunteers would be responsible for flooding and maintaining the ice. In addition to manpower, weather, location and available water sources are equally important factors in establishing an outdoor rink.

This winter, the City is planning to set up rink boards in Alexander, Broadview, Dover Heights, Gallinger, Grant, King George, Mattice, Memorial, Menard, Optimist, Reg Campbell and Terry Fox Parks.

Residents who are interested in volunteering or who wish to learn more about the outdoor rink program are asked to contact Mr. Taillon at (613) 938-9898 ext. 2.