Brandon Skating Oval Set To Open

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Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Parks & Recreation Services is pleased to announce that Brandon’s outdoor skating oval located immediately west of the Parks Complex on McGregor Avenue will open for the season as of 4 p.m. today, Friday, January 8, 2021. Hours of operation at the oval will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through the course of the winter season, weather permitting. 

As there are still some fringe areas of the oval under development, please use the oval at your own risk and with extreme caution.  All users are asked to respect the signage and barricades which remain in place at this time.   

Benches will be provided for skate changing, fire pits and firewood will be coming within the next few days to cook on or warm up around.  There will be no warming shacks or portable washroom facilities as per Public Health orders.  In addition, the Manitoba Hydro Waterfall of Lights is also lit until 11 p.m. each evening so the public can skate around the oval and take in the brilliant, festive displays. 

The public should note that while use of the skating oval is FREE, it is unsupervised, with no sticks, pucks or pets allowed on the ice surface. The public is encouraged to park in designated areas on McGregor Avenue or Hilton Avenue, as NO public vehicles are allowed in the direct area of the Manitoba Hydro Waterfall of Lights display or the skating oval. The public is also asked to enjoy all lighting displays at a safe distance and not to walk in areas where power cords are directly present. 

The City of Brandon stresses that anyone using this space must follow the Manitoba Public Health Orders, which can be found at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs.  Persons must maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other, unless they reside in the same residence.  Persons must not engage in recreational activities as part of a group of more than five persons, unless all persons in the group reside in the same residence.  The re-opened status of these facilities will be monitored and re-evaluated if maintaining public safety becomes problematic. 

(City of Brandon PSA)