Glide into skating season: book your public skate time in advance

October 9, 2020
Public service announcement

Public skating is back in Kelowna! This year, to adhere to safety measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, all public skate times should be booked in advance. 

Starting today, one-hour time slots can be booked online or by phone at 250-469-8800. Please note that you must have a City recreation account set up to use the online reservation system. New users can create an account by calling 250-469-8800 or by emailing recreation@kelowna.ca

The cut off to book a skate time is two hours prior to your desired time and can be booked up to one week in advance. Strict maximum capacities are in place for all facilities and programs so pre-booking is strongly recommended. Drop-ins will only be permitted if space allows and payment must be made in exact change whenever possible. Please note that equipment rentals are unavailable at this time. 

Public skate times will be available at the following rinks: 

Visitors to public skating facilities will notice new safety protocols and guidelines in place: 

  • All high touch areas in all facilities will be frequently cleaned and sanitized. 
  • Skaters are encouraged to come dressed for the rink as facilities may not have changerooms available. Skates can be laced up in designated areas, but skaters should note that all facilities will have physical       distancing protocols in place and space will be limited. 
  • Enter and exit doors will be clearly marked. 
  • Facility capacities have been lowered and will remain capped to ensure that even during peak times, physical distance between skaters can be maintained. 
  • Masks are required in common lobby areas at Capital News Centre and Prospera Place as part of their facility-specific guidelines. 
  • Ticket booths will have plexiglass barriers installed. 
  • No equipment rentals are available at any facility at this time. Skaters will need to bring their own skates and helmets. 
  • Floor markings and additional signage will be posted at each facility to remind visitors to maintain physical distance from others and to wash hands frequently. 
  • Anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms is asked to stay home. 

Public skating at the annual Stuart Park outdoor skating rink typically starts December 1. The operation of the rink is currently under review to safely operate in a pandemic environment and updates will be announced in the coming weeks. 

For more information about public skating including schedules, visit kelowna.ca/skating. Get recreation updates sent straight to your inbox by subscribing to Active Living e-updates