Outdoor skating lessons among programs offered

Skating is the quintessential Canadian pastime and is one of several ways to stay active while respecting social distancing measures. It’s also one of numerous activities the City of Markham invites you to enjoy this winter.

“Winter is upon us and we are excited to celebrate the season and all its benefits with exciting new programing for all ages to enjoy,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We recognize the need to provide enjoyable options that respect public health protocols currently in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 and I encourage residents to participate, have fun and stay active.”

Registration is now open at www.markham.ca for new outdoor, indoor and online favourites like outdoor skating lessons, snowshoeing, campfire songs and marshmallow roasts, Park Rangers, a family geocaching workshop, virtual library STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and match) programs, and virtual fitness classes and personal training.

Select winter programs will be offered in virtual and in-person formats, depending on COVID-19 safety regulations. Pay-per-play and session-long registered programs require pre-booking. No walk-in allowed.

The city also invites you to hit the ice at one of its arenas, community ice rinks or at the Markham Civic Centre Outdoor Ice Rink – one of the largest outdoor ice rinks in the Greater Toronto Area. Pre-booking for public skating at the Outdoor Ice Rink opens December 14 for skating in late December. More information is available at www.markham.ca/skating. The city reminds you to check ice conditions before you go. Skate and helmet rentals are available.

Markham continues to monitor and follow advice from public health officials at the federal, provincial and regional levels. Reopening is guided by the provincial government’s Keeping Ontario Safe & Open COVID-19 response framework and Markham’s Response, Recovery & Reinvention Plan.

Visit markham.ca for more details.

Photo: Outdoor skating returns to the Markham Civic Centre with safety precautions in place. Pre-booking is required and participants need to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to ensure adequate time for the COVID-19 screening process.

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