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Red Deer’s outdoor rinks open for the season this weekend

December 11, 2019 10:01 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Parks and Recreation staff have been busy getting outdoor rinks ready for the holiday season. This weekend all outdoor rink locations, including Bower Ponds and Setters Place at Great Chief Park, will be ready for use.

Hockey nets will be delivered and lighting systems will be activated at all locations by Saturday, December 14. The City would like to remind skaters that the use of helmets is recommended at all times, and hockey is not permitted at Bower Ponds or the ice skating oval at Setters Place.

The ice at Bower Ponds will also be ready for Red Deerians to enjoy this weekend, with concession and skate rental services on site. Outdoor washrooms are available to the public daily from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and are located on the south side of the Bower Ponds Pavilion. Information about the Bower Ponds Pavilion and its services can be found at

Bower Ponds Pavilion operating hours:

Regular Schedule
Weekdays - 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Weekends - 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Schedule
December 24 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
December 25 - Closed
December 26 to 30 - 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
December 31 - 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
January 1 to 4 - 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ice oval at Setters Place operating hours:

Regular Schedule
Mon/Wed/Fri – 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tue/Thu/Fri - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Holiday Schedule
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
January 1 - Closed

For more information about admission fees for the ice skating oval at Setters Place, as well as information on all other outdoor rinks, call 403-342-8159 or visit


For more information, contact:

John Eastwood
Parks Amenities Supervisor 
The City of Red Deer

Deb Comfort
Neighbourhood Facilities & Sport Supervisor
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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