Starting Friday, you can book an appointment to go skating in Ajax’s Pat Bayly Square.
The town is opening the rink for nine skating sessions per day, with up to 25 skaters per session.
The rink will be open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Pre-registation is required and only people who live in Ajax will be allowed on the ice this year.
If you’re heading to the rink, remember to bring your mask. Face coverings are strongly recommended both on and off the ice.
The town is also asking you to stay six feet away from any other skaters who aren’t in your household.
Indoor washrooms will be available, but the change rooms are still closed, so you should come ready to skate.
The free skating is part of the town’s Winter TOA program, which aims to get people active and moving during the colder months.
You’re also encouraged to explore any of Ajax’s maintained trails, like the William A. Parish Waterfront Trail, or visit the natural ice rinks at the McLean Community Centre or Audley Recreation Centre, which are expected to open in January.
The town is also launching a snowshoe loan program, which is also expected to be running by January.
If you’re heading to the Greenwood Conservation Area for birdwatching, snowshoeing or other winter fun, the town says all parking lots will be open and maintained, expect those with permeable pavement.
“The expansion and promotion of Winter TOA programming will help residents reap health benefits while exploring our outdoor spaces and amenities,” said Mayor Shaun Collier. “With a wide variety of activities to choose from, there is truly something for everyone, regardless of age or ability.”
“Please remember to follow the three W’s – wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance – no matter what activities you participate in this season,” he continued. “On behalf of Ajax Council, I encourage you to bundle up and enjoy the best of winter right here in Ajax!”
Photo courtesy of the Town of Ajax