Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Recreation staff are working hard to finish the ice-making process at the Emera Oval and depending on the weather this weekend, the ice surface will open for the 2015/16 winter season on Monday, Dec. 21.
The Emera Oval is the largest artificial ice surface east of Quebec — approximately 55,000 square feet or the same as three NHL hockey rinks. Weather permitting, the ice surface will be open for free daily public skates throughout the winter and will once again offer free skating lessons for people of all ages.
Visitors will notice a new addition this season near the Cogswell Street entrance. Construction wrapped up this week on a new building that now houses the ice resurfacers, equipment rentals, storage rooms, staff offices and public washrooms.
As in previous years, visitors can use their own equipment or rent skates and helmets for free with a valid government-issued photo ID. Children 12 and under are required to wear a CSA-approved multi-impact helmet at all times on the ice, and others are encouraged to do the same, for their own safety.
Planning for this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities at the Emera Oval are underway. Residents can look forward to fireworks, free public skates, hot chocolate and lots more free family fun on the evening of Dec. 31. Stay tuned for more details!
There are still some spots available in the Canadian Tire Jumpstart “I Love to Skate” classes at the Emera Oval. You can skatehrm.ca. Residents can also call the Information Line at 902-490-2347, check out @skateHRM on Twitter.