Every winter, as weather permits, select parks across London become home to Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks that provide residents an opportunity to enjoy outdoor skating in their local community. Rinks are built, operated, and maintained by dedicated community volunteers who donate their time to provide a family-friendly recreation activity for their community. Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks are generally open between January to March depending on the weather. These rinks are natural, meaning freezing of the ice occurs from cold ambient temperatures as opposed to artificial ice rinks which are refrigerated and mechanically frozen.
For information related to indoor public skating, Storybook Gardens, Victoria Park and Convent Garden skating, please visit our skating page.
Apply to be a Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rink volunteer
Residents and community groups are always looking for volunteers to support their Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks.
Volunteers operate the rink with duties that include making ice by flooding the rink surface, shovelling snow off the ice surface and maintaining ice safety.
Interested in volunteering at your local rink? Email email@example.com or call 519-661-5336 to find a rink looking for volunteers near you.
Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks guide
The Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks guide outlines administrative and operational procedures regarding neighbourhood-managed ice rinks formed and maintained on City property.
The procedures are meant to assist residents and groups in providing public skating opportunities in their neighbourhoods where such initiatives enhance recreational opportunities and are consistent with the interests of the City of London. Through these procedures, we want to assist residents in providing ice rinks that maximize positive experiences and usage for skaters, volunteers and the Corporation of the City of London.
How is a Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rink approved?
- Complete the online application form to express your interest in a neighbourhood rink.
- Upon receiving your completed paperwork, City staff will communicate your approval by email, at which point you will be free to begin building your rink.
- Once all conditions are met, City staff will send the volunteer agreement by email for you and your group to complete (and insurance forms if your group is incorporate).
- City staff will visit and inspect your desired ice rink location to make sure that it is safe and feasible. This may require you to meet City staff at the site. If the location is not feasible, City staff will help to find a new location.
- City staff review the information provided in the form to ensure you have everything you need to get started.
What do I need to create a rink in my local park?
To be approved for an ice rink, you will need the following:
- Time: Ice rinks require daily care and maintenance. You must be prepared and available to dedicate time to your ice rink.
- Volunteers: At least 6 dedicated volunteers to help maintain the rink throughout the season.
- Main contact: One person to act as a main contact for your group who will be responsible for corresponding with City staff.
- Site: A suitable site for the ice rink free from hazards, accessible to community users and emergency vehicles, on a reasonably flat surface.
- Water source: A water source that can be accessed throughout the season to flood the rink (financial subsidies available of up to $400 per year to assist with utility charges)
- Materials: Materials to build your rink base (i.e., perimeter boards and liners, if possible) and the City will provide a hose, nozzle, shovels, and garbage bins
If your group is incorporated, you must provide a certificate of insurance in the amount of $2 million. Name the Corporation of the City of London as co-insured.