Outdoor Skating Rinks

Latest Update

Dec 30th, 2020
 
The Westhaven and Tiffin outdoor rinks (ODRs) have been cleaned up and are now open to the public. Please follow the new rules and skater limits from the Province.
 
• Indoor shelters and change areas will remain closed.
• Strict capacities on each ODR. Capacity is based on rink dimensions and will be posted on site. (Westhaven - 10, Tiffin - 6)
• Proper distancing must be maintained between family groups (at least 2 meters).
• Private gatherings involving people from different households are prohibited in any indoor or outdoor location.
• No competitions, games, or events can occur. (skating only)
• No shinny, tag, or pickup games.
 
If the rinks are busy, please wait your turn to get on, and please be respectful of your time on the ice if there are people waiting.
 
Crews will continue to prep the Griffiths and Glenwood rinks, however, lack of snow and above zero temperatures are still causing issues with the base. We'll have updates as progress is made.
 
The rinks will be monitored, and if rules are not followed, it could impact future decisions on the facilities.
 
Thank you to the community leaders for their work on these rinks, and for the public for their patience and understanding while the facilities were closed.

The Town of Edson currently operates and maintains two outdoor skating rinks.

Glenwood Park Outdoor Arena is located at 463 - 72 Street. This arena has full boards with lights (until 10:30 pm). There is a change facility and washrooms on site.

Griffiths Park Outdoor Arena is located behind the Boys and Girls Club at 5414 - 6 Avenue. This arena has full boards with lights (until 10:30 pm).

*New for 2018/2019 – The Town of Edson has purchased liners for these two rinks. This should alleviate issues we’ve had in the past with low snow levels for packing. Ice does not get put in until we have constant sub-zero temperatures to allow such a large surface to freeze proper and stay frozen. If melting occurs it can cause a rough and fractured surface.

 

There are also 2 community run outdoor rinks available for public use. The Westhaven rink is located at 5901 10th Avenue, while the Tiffin rink is at 1408 55th Street. These are maintained and operated by volunteers in the community.

Any community member wanting to run or be involved in the creation or maintenance of these rinks is asked to speak to the Community Services Department. From there, residents will be required to sign out the key to the hydrant to enable them to flood the rinks. Once the key is signed out, that member is responsible for location and the return of the key at the end of the season.

In each location, the town will supply hose and connections to the hydrants. If these are faulty or broken, please let the Town know so they can be replaced/repaired as required.

*Please keep hydrants locked when not in use to prevent them from being turned on or opened and freezing the lines. I this happens it costs approx $5,000 to repair.

Some helpful tips for starting the rink flooding process are:

 

***The Town of Edson would like to request these facilities be utilized in a safe and respectful manner.  In the past, staff have found smashed bottles, debris etc at the rinks. if anyone observes our facilities being abused, please report it to the Town Office or RCMP. Thank you!