Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks

From Doughty to Nesbitt, Virtue to Moir. Walking through your neighbourhood, you see the perfect spot. A clearing in the park behind your house that’s just the right size for an outdoor skating rink. You want to take charge, but don’t know how to do it and if it is even legal.

The answer is yes you can, with help from the Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks program.

London’s winters provide the perfect match for outdoor skating. Outdoor rinks are community winter gathering spots, places where the scraping of ice and skate blades match the sound of laughter. The hometown, outdoor rink is iconic. Where communities can gather on the weekend to drink hot chocolate and create bonds with neighbours. This is London at its best.

Winter just got a lot more fun.

To receive a copy of the Neighbourhood-Managed Ice Rinks guide, please contact the NeighbourGood team by email at neighbourgood@london.ca or phone at 519-661-5365.

For information related to indoor public skating, Storybook Gardens, Victoria Park and Convent Garden skating, please visit our skating page.

About the 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 civic minded 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. The City of London appreciates such community initiatives. Through these procedures and outlines of responsibilities, 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?
  1.  Complete the online application form to express your interest in a neighbourhood rink.  
  1. City staff reviews the information provided in the form to ensure you have everything you need to get started (see previous section).  
  1. 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 location is not feasible, City staff will help to find a new location.  
  1. 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). 
  1. Upon receiving your completed paperwork, a City of London staff will communicate your approval by email at which point you will be free to begin building your rink.

What do I need to get started?

To be approved for a neighbourhood 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.  
  • At least 6 dedicated volunteers to help maintain the rink throughout the season.  
  • One person to act as a main contact for your group who will be responsible for corresponding with City of London staff.  
  • suitable site for the ice rink: 
    • free from hazards 
    • accessible to community users 
    • accessible to emergency vehicles 
    • reasonably flat surface
      • *Please note that natural ice formations (e.g., natural hollows, ponds, etc.) may not be suitable sites 
    • water source that can be accessed throughout the season to flood the rink (financial subsidies available of up to $300 per year to assist with utility charges) 
    • 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 
Last modified:Tuesday, February 16, 2021