Parliament Hill skating rink to be open until end of February instead of December

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Artist’s representation of the Parliament Hill skating rink. (via Canadian Heritage)[/caption]

The $5.6-million Parliament Hill skating rink will stay open until the end of February instead of December, as originally planned, the government announced on Thursday.

The rink will open on Dec. 7 and was originally to close on Dec. 31. But after taking criticism for the short time frame Mélanie Joly, the minister of Canadian Heritage, tweeted that the rink would remain open until the end of February.

Naturally, the federal government made skating on this rink bureaucratic – you’ll need to reserve a pass 48 hours in advance of your skate to use it and are only allowed to skate 40 minutes at a time. As well, the government encourages skaters to arrive between 45 minutes to an hour ahead of their scheduled time to prepare and to not bring any bags.

The free passes are available starting Dec. 5 and will become available at noon every day after at .

The government took some heat because of its extensive list of “guidelines” which prohibited hockey sticks and pucks on the rink, as well as food, drinks and figure skating.


Devyn Barrie

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