Airdrie's outdoor rinks are making their winter return, some ready for on-ice action and some still in the process of being flooded.

The city of Airdrie's Parks Department has been working hard to prepare the anticipated outdoor rinks. According to the Department, three boarded rinks are ready to go, with many more to be ready in the next couple of weeks.

Airdrie has a number of outdoor rinks, these are them according to the city of Airdrie website:

Snowbank rinks:

  • Fletcher Regional Park
  • Town and Country Centre
  • Plainsmen Arena/Jensen Park
  • Windsong (Green space near Windstone Ave)

These rinks are designed for passive skating. Sticks, balls and pucks are discouraged on snowbank rinks.

Boarded rinks

  • Bayside Drive
  • Big Springs Crescent green space
  • Chinook Winds Regional Park
  • East Lake Regional Park
  • Kings Heights Drive
  • Monklands Regional Park

So far only three rinks are complete, East Lake Regional Park, Kings Heights Drive and Chinook Winds Regional Park.

With temperatures being warmer next week and being warmer than -10, the parks staff will hold up on making more rinks. On the city of Airdrie's website, it states "outdoor rinks are flooded once the temperature drops to, and maintains a constant -10 degrees Celsius for a minimum of one week."

The department will more than likely be back working on the rinks the week of November 28 when Airdrie has colder temperatures.  If the forecast does shift to colder weather this upcoming week, they will continue working on the rinks.

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