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With the holiday school break starting, the most Canadian of sports is in full swing on the city’s outdoor rinks, providing high-spirited kids a healthy way to burn off energy, instead of playing games with their thumbs.
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“We only go during public skate, but there is always hockey being played during this time,” Hyslop said. “In fairness to the hockey players, there isn’t any signage or restricting hockey during public skate time.
We went there after school on Wednesday, during a time not designated on signs posted at the rink for shinny or leisure skating. Lots of teenagers were playing shinny, along with two small children who clung to the edge of the ice while learning to skate.
Status: Jane Arbour, who deals with media for the parks department, sent the following reply to questions about shinny invading rinks during times designated for leisure skating: “There is signage listing the shinny and public skate hours at Kingsway Lambton, as well as a sign indicating no pucks, balls or sticks are permitted during leisure skate times. We encourage residents to contact 311 if these guidelines are not being followed. Although this is an unsupervised rink, if staff is aware of these issues, they can visit the rink to assist in a resolution. We welcome opportunities to educate the public about skating and hockey guidelines at our outdoor rinks. In addition to the Lambton Kingsway, there are nearby arenas such as Lambton Arena, Central Arena and the Park Lawn Bubble that offer staffed and supervised public skating.”