COVID-19 Updates: Visit our COVID-19 webpage for full details and up-to-date information.

Note: All recreation facilities are currently closed. All in-person programs and drop-in activities are currently cancelled.

Spectator Rule – Starting on Monday, October 19, no spectators will be permitted to remain on-site. Guardians are able to bring participants in, tie skates, sign into program, but then must vacate the premise.
Changeroom Rule – Starting on Monday, November 16, a designated area will be provided for participants to put on skates and helmets, however dressing rooms will not be available at this time.

Return to Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on December 16, 2020)

Note: The following Return to Play guidelines will be in place for when recreation facilities reopen and in-person Winter programs and drop-ins are permitted to resume.

Town of Aurora Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey programs will be resuming on Monday, October 5 with new safety protocols in place to ensure participant, volunteer and staff safety.

The Town of Aurora is excited to welcome participants back. Town staff have worked closely with York Region Public Health to develop procedures and guidelines in accordance with provincial and regional health department regulations.

It is imperative that all participants regard health and safety as the highest priority, as one person’s actions can negatively impact the health and wellness of other groups within the building. All Program Participants are expected to follow regulations and direction set by Town staff.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please review the following information carefully prior to returning to the Public Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey programs.

Thank you for supporting the Town of Aurora Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey Programs. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Facility Access & Participant Screening
  • Pre-registration is required for all programs and activities. Participants will no longer be permitted to drop into the arenas.
  • Registration will begin on Monday, September 28 for residents. Non-resident registration will begin on Thursday, October 1.
  • All registration will be completed online using the Town of Aurora’s e-PLAY online registration system.
  • All participants will complete a screening upon registration for each Skating or Stick & Puck program.
  • Participants and accompanying parent/guardians are required to complete daily COVID-19 screening requirements with the facility staff before entering the facility. Participants will not be permitted access if they answer “Yes” to any screening questions.
  • Staff will also pre-screen before they enter the facilities daily and report for duty, and will not enter the facilities if ill.
  • The main entrance can be used as an entrance, however all program participants and arena users must follow directional flow and exit by each arena specific exit.
    • A.F.L.C.: Judy Sherin Memorial Arena - West exit
    • S.A.R.C.: Toyota Arena - North West corner; or Pfaff Arena - North East corner
  • Program participants and arena users must travel from dressing room to arena through the North West Doors, and must exit from the arena into the dressing room through the South West doors.
Face Masks are Mandatory
  • In support of the Region’s medical health officer’s instructions to businesses and organizations regarding Mandatory Use of Face Masks from July 17, 2020 to November 30, 2020, the Town requests all participants to wear face masks/coverings while entering indoor Community Centres, especially in situations where physical distancing is not possible (for example: arena dressing rooms, washrooms, etc.).
  • York Region Public Health has made it mandatory that individuals aged 2 years and older must wear a mask within indoor spaces. To review this guideline in addition to suitable exemptions and additional information regarding the use of masks and face coverings, visit the York Region Public Health website.
  • Face masks and coverings may be removed temporarily for the following purposes: The Person is consuming food or drink, The Person requires to remove the face mask or coverings for any emergency or medical purpose, The Person is actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including water-based activities.
Physical Distancing & Signage
  • Participants will be required to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the facility at all times.
  • There will be floor markings and signage throughout each facility to promote and maintain physical distancing.
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Programming is modified and limited, to allow for staggered start and end times.
  • Participants will not be permitted to congregate in the hallways.
  • In an effort to promote physical distancing of all facility users in Community Centres, all participants and arena users must arrive to the facility no earlier than 15 minutes prior to start of the program time, and must vacate the facility no later than 15 minutes after the end of the program time.
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not practiced or played within the facility.
  • At this time, spectators are not permitted to remain on-site. Guardians are able to bring participants in, tie skates, sign into program, but then must vacate the facility.
  • Dressing rooms are no longer available. There will be a designated area for participants to put on their skates and leave their belongings during the program.
  • Player’s benches have been extended to allow for more players on the bench while maintaining physical distancing and additional chairs and floor mats have been added at the end of the benches where possible.
  • Off-ice training (for example: warm-up) is not allowed within the facility, however space outside the facility can be used if physical distancing is followed.
  • Arena users are asked to follow the schedule assignment of dressing rooms, and directional flow into the arena.
  • Arena users must maintain physical distancing while seating in the bench area.
  • There can be no more than 1 individual in the arena penalty box at any given time.
Cleaning and Sanitization
  • The following areas within the arena will be cleaned and sanitized:
    • Spectator areas
    • General areas such as gates and door handles
    • Dressing rooms
    • Player’s benches
    • Penalty box
    • Timekeepers box
  • Program Participants are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before and after using the facility and not touch their face. By using the indoor recreation facilities, the program participants voluntarily assume all risks, including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease such as COVID-19. 
Miscellaneous 
  • Skating and Stick & Puck Hockey program participants are asked to fill up their water bottle prior to arriving to the facility as the water fountains are not in service.

Skating Activities

Public indoor recreational skating and stick & puck hockey is offered various times throughout the week, year round. Indoor skating takes place at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.), Aurora Family Leisure Complex (A.F.L.C.) or Aurora Community Centre (A.C.C.). Please refer to the current schedule for further details on times and location.

Outdoor skating is also available weather dependent in the winter months (usually January to mid-March). For an updated list of outdoor rink locations and availability please see below.

For Winter 2021 registration, please see below:
- Public Skates: Registration will open the 3rd Monday of every month for the timeslots in the subsequent month.
- Stick & Puck, Senior and Adult Skates: Activities will open for the entire session.

Prices

Admission Fees - Public Skating

$3.00 per skate, per person

$24.50 for 10 tickets, $45.90 for 20 tickets, $66.30 for 30 tickets

Admission Fees - Stick & Puck Hockey

$6.35 per skate, per person

$51.20 for 10 tickets 

Note: Prices effective January 1, 2021.
Learn about multi-ticket discount pricing and ticket refunds.

Desjardins Days

Free Public Skate activities happen one day per month! See the Desjardins Days webpage for details.

Schedule - Winter 2021

Recreational skating and stick & puck hockey available at the A.F.L.C. and S.A.R.C. throughout the year. Please see seasonal schedules for full details. Exceptions to the times may be determined as necessary and posted in the arenas.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Skating Activities Schedule - Winter 2021 - January 2 to March 31, 2021

Service Disruption Notices - May affect skating activity schedules

Outdoor Skating

Outdoor Skating - Updated on January 20, 2021.

The Town of Aurora will have six outdoor rinks opening early next week, weather and rink conditions permitting. Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY.

Outdoor Rink Locations

Note - All rinks, except James Lloyd Park, will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week, weather and rink conditions permitting. James Lloyd Park will close at 10 p.m. 

Registration Process 
  • Pre-registration will be required for use of outdoor rinks. Register online at e-PLAY.
  • Participants will be able to register for 45 minute time slots.
  • In order to register, Aurora residents must first have an e-PLAY account, which is the Town’s recreation program online registration system.
  • For information on how to create an e-PLAY account, please view the How to create an e-PLAY account document or email our Customer Service Staff for assistance.
  • Rinks will open early next week, weather and rink conditions permitting.
  • Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Monday for Wednesday rink times.
  • Registration for each day will open at 9 a.m. two days prior and close at noon the day before.
    • Example: For a Thursday time slot, registration will be open from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until noon on Wednesday.
Rules of Use 
  • Participants are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled skating time to check-in with security.
  • Use of outdoor rink time is for pleasure skating for Town of Aurora residents only.
  • No hockey, stick & puck play or other sports are permitted.
  • Scheduled skating times are 45 minutes in length. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes after the beginning of your time slot, or your booking may be cancelled to accommodate other guests. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend, please email our Customer Service Staff to be withdrawn.
  • Maximum capacity for all rinks is 25 people, except at James Lloyd Park where the maximum capacity is 10 people.
  • Masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2 metres or more must be maintained at all times.
  • Helmets are recommended.
  • There are no washroom facilities available.
  • Note - All outdoor rinks are subject to closure without notice due to inclement weather, poor rink conditions, orders from the provincial or federal government, etc. In the event of a closure, every effort will be made to notify participants by email.
Please do not Register for or Attend the Outdoor Rinks if you:
  • Are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, runny nose, stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, not feeling well, extreme tiredness or sore muscles;
  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; or
  • Have traveled outside Canada in the past 14 days. 

  

Aurora’s outdoor ice pads (2 at Ada Johnson Park, 2 at Town Park, and 1 each at James Lloyd Park and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Park) are scheduled to open early next week, weather and rink conditions permitting.

In the current provincial State of Emergency, maximum capacity for each rink is 25 people, except at James Lloyd Park where the maximum capacity is 10 people. Use of the outdoor rinks will be limited to Aurora residents only. We ask that residents use the rink for a maximum of 45 minutes per person to allow others to enjoy the outdoor activity. Ice rinks will be available for use from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. by registration only. Note - The James Lloyd Park rink closes at 10 p.m. nightly.

Residents are asked to follow all Public Health recommendations and ask that you wear a mask and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others while using the rink. No shinny, hockey games or other sports will be allowed (no sticks and no pucks) and helmets are recommended for all participants. Town security will be on-site to ensure that all COVID-19 protocols are in place and that residents are compliant.

We ask that residents only use the Town constructed ice rinks and that everyone stay off large bodies of water, ponds and storm sewer ponds as water levels can quickly change underneath the ice and the unpredictable weather can pose a danger to those who use it.

Stick & Puck Guidelines and Rules

Adult Stick & Puck Hockey

Adult Stick & Puck Hockey players must be 18 years or older to participate. The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora strongly recommends full equipment be worn including helmet and glove protection.

​Parent & Child Skate/Stick & Puck Hockey

This program allows parents/guardians and children (12 years and under) to learn to skate and work on basic hockey skills.

Hockey equipment such as sticks, pucks, pads, etc. are allowed on the ice surface. Children 6 and under must as accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association and the Town of Aurora recommends wearing a helmet and glove protection while on the ice surface.