Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department is pleased to advise the public that Brandon’s outdoor skating oval located immediately west of the Parks Complex on McGregor Avenue will officially open for the winter season as of 4 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, December 14th. Hours of operation at the oval will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through the course of the winter season, weather-permitting.
The oval is developed each year by Community Services staff and provides for warming shacks, portable washroom facilities, flood lighting, ambient music, and fire pits to cook on or warm up around. In addition, the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart 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 Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display or the skating oval.
Community Services staff are also very excited to be working with the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier Organizing Committee to craft a “Jam Pail Curling” ice surface in an area just north of the skating oval’s Hilton Avenue parking lot. The curling sheet, measuring 50 feet long by 14 feet wide, should be ready for play by Friday, December 21st. The public is asked to respect that work is still ongoing to prepare this unique sheet of ice for community use and to refrain from playing on it at this time.
For more information on public winter activities provided by the City of Brandon’s Community Services Department, call 204-729-2148.