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

(Updated on December 8, 2021)

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

When the Town of Aurora is able to welcome participants back, Town staff will continue to work 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.
  • All registration will be completed online using the Town of Aurora’s e-PLAY online registration system.
  • Please review the check-in process video to know what to expect when arriving at the recreation facilities.
  • If possible, please complete your COVID-19 visitor self screening online form in advance. Staff will check the confirmation email at the door. It may also be completed on-site using a mobile device.
    • Participants will not be permitted access if they answer “Yes” to the screening question.
  • All those 12 and over will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entrance to the facility. Please review all vaccine related information online for full details. Participants who plan to leave and re-enter the facility that same day can pick-up a wristband at the front desk before exiting.
  • Staff will also pre-screen before they enter the facilities daily and report for duty, and will not enter the facilities if ill.
  • All participants must enter through the main entrance and check in with the Facility Greeter. Any exit can be used.
  • Please arrive early and expect wait times.
Face Masks are Mandatory
  • The Town of Aurora will follow all York Region guidelines for mandatory masks as outlined in The Regional Municipality of York Medical Officer of Health Instructions to Businesses and Organizations Currently Operating (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations).
  • 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
  • Due to the recent changes to the Provincial Orders where mandatory vaccination policy is in effect for individuals ages 12 years and older to enter community centres, capacity limits are lifted and physical distancing of 2 metres is no longer a mandatory requirement. Participants and spectators are still required to wear face masks in the building and while in the dressing room area, and can only remove face masks if they meet the Province’s exemption requirements or if they are engaged in recreational and fitness activities. Participants are asked to be mindful of others in the building, share the space, and be respectful of another individual’s needs to maintain their distance from one another.
  • Arena users are asked to follow the schedule assignment of dressing rooms, please do not enter any other dressing rooms aside from the designated room.
  • Signage is posted throughout the facilities to remind participants of the guidelines. Please follow all posted signage.
Cleaning and Sanitization
  • All facilities will be cleaned and sanitized regularly to maintain sanitary conditions.
  • 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 at numerous locations. Please refer to the current schedule for further details on times and location.

Skating Activities are available at the following locations (see schedule for details):

  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex (A.F.L.C.)
  • Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.)
  • Aurora Community Centre (A.C.C.)

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.

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

Registration
To ensure more equitable access to drop-in activities, we will be opening one week at a time for registration, rather than opening the entire season at once.
- Residents: Each Saturday at 9 a.m., resident registration will open for drop-in activities that are running the following Saturday to Friday.
- Non-Residents: Each Friday at 9 a.m., non-resident registration will open for drop-in activities running Saturday (the following day) to Friday.

Prices

Admission Fees - Public Skating

$3 per skate, per person

$24.50 for 10 tickets

Admission Fees - Stick & Puck and Shinny Hockey

$6.45 per skate, per person

$52.50 for 10 tickets 

Note: Prices effective January 1, 2022.
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.

Tips for Public Skating
  • Arrive early. Participants can now check in up to 30 minutes before the start of their skate to use the changeroom.
  • All participants over the age of 12 are required to show proof of vaccination, along with a government issued identification. Have these items ready.
  • Participants are encouraged to come dressed ready to skate. Skate guards are a great way to put your kids skates on beforehand, then leave the house and safely arrive dressed and ready to go.
  • If you choose to use the changerooms, be sure to collect your belongings and keep them in a bag so items don’t get lost before stepping on the ice.
  • Be sure to wear your mask in the hallways and changerooms. Masks are only to be removed once on the ice.
  • Have fun!
Skating Activities - Winter 2022: January 2 to March 31

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

Location: S.A.R.C.

All skating activities will take place at the S.A.R.C. (any exceptions will be shown in the charts below).

Public Skate
DayTime

Sunday

11:00am - 12:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tuesday

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Friday

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday

11:00am - 12:00pm

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Adult Skate
DayTime

Monday

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Senior Skate
DayTime

Tuesday

10:30am - 11:30am

Thursday

10:30am - 11:30am

Parent & Child Stick & Puck/Skate (children 12 years and younger)
DayTime

Monday

9:30am - 10:30am

Thursday

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Family Shinny Hockey (children 6 to 12 years and adults)
DayTime

Sunday

1:00pm - 2:00pm*

2:30pm - 3:30pm*

*Location: A.F.L.C.

Ladies Shinny
DayTime

Wednesday

11:15am - 12:45pm

Friday

11:15am - 12:45pm

Youth Stick & Puck Hockey (ages 11 to 14 years)
DayTime

Monday

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Youth Stick & Puck Hockey (ages 15 to 17 years)
DayTime

Tuesday

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Adult Shinny Hockey
DayTime

Monday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Tuesday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Wednesday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Thursday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Friday

11:45am - 1:15pm

Outdoor Skating

Outdoor Skating - Updated on January 18, 2022.

Please find a list of outdoor rink locations below. No hockey, stick and puck or other sports are permitted, unless on one of the designated rinks at Machell Park or Stewart Burnett Park.

Please remember to maintain physical distancing. Masks and helmets are recommended to be worn when using the rinks. Registration is not required to enjoy the rinks. Please stay safe and follow public health guidelines. 

 

Outdoor Rink Locations
  • Town Park (1 Rink -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)

    Status update: Open

  • Ada Johnson Park (1 Rink -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)

    Status update: Open

  • Machell Park (2 Rinks -Ez-Rink with boards and liner)
    1 rink will be dedicated for pleasure skating
    1 rink will be dedicated for stick and puck (no nets)
  • Status update: Open  

  • Confederation Park 

    Status update: Not open - Weather dependent in need of snow and colder weather
    (Old fashion rolled rink) Ground surface is heavily slope and can not accommodate an (Ez-Rink)

  • Stewart Burnett Park **NEW RINK** (2 Rinks - Ez-Rink with boards and liner)
    1 rink will be dedicated for pleasure skating
    1 rink will be dedicated for stick and puck (no nets)
    Status update: Opening soon! 

  • James Lloyd Park (Old fashion rolled rink over basketball court)

    Status update: Not open -Weather dependent in need of snow and colder weather.
    Volunteer built and maintained only!

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Park (Old fashion rolled rink)

    Status update: Not open -Weather dependent in need of snow and colder weather.
    Town built Volunteer maintained only!

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 is not required to use the rinks.

Please note: The rinks at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Park and James Lloyd Park are built by volunteer groups in the community. When weather conditions are suitable, the volunteer group will start building a rink at these locations. Information on their status will be updated on this page.

Outdoor Rink Closures

As the weather begins to get warmer, staff will continue to monitor rink conditions and may begin closing rinks for the season, on a location by location basis at any time.

Stormwater Ponds

REMINDER: We are asking residents to be extremely cautious around frozen ponds. Please do not walk, sled or skate on the local ponds. Skating on ponds is not permitted and extremely dangerous. In fact, many of the Town’s ponds are not regular ponds, but instead stormwater ponds - an important part of our Town’s drainage system. The ponds may look safe, but under the surface they have flowing water that results in a thinner ice surface with unpredictable conditions.

 

Rules of Use 
  • 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, unless on one of the designated rinks at Machell Park or Stewart Burnett Park.
  • Masks are recommended when using the rink.
  • Helmets are recommended when using the rinks.
  • There are no washroom facilities available.
  • Please maintain physical distancing

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 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
  • Have travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days. 
Stick & Puck and Shinny Guidelines and Rules

Adult Shinny Hockey

Adult Shinny 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.