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Some is free, some is not.  If you are a hardy soul and can abide by rules, the outdoor rink in Rotary Park on Albert Street is now open 8:00am to 9:00pm (unless it’s not because of weather or maintenance) but there are a lot of rules.  No hockey sticks or pucks; no smoking or alcohol; must wear skates; be reasonably quiet; no pets and no unsupervised kids.  Probably reasonable.  Scheduled closing is mid March.  If you like it a bit warmer, you can get free skating at the Community Centre as well as their regular “Public Skating” for a fee.   The Town is advertising their Mayor’s Skate on Tuesday December 30th but there are also other times sponsored by other organizations.

Outdoor-Rink-Dec-08Outdoor Rink December 2008All free skates are called Sponsored Skates – presumably the named organization is paying for the ice.

Of course at the Mayor’s Skate you can also meet the Mayor and members of Council but then you can also see them (without skates) at the Mayor’s Levee on New Year’s day at 2:00pm in Victoria Hall.  The Mayor’s Skate is also labelled a “party” although the only hint of that is that they are accepting donations to the food bank and the Cougars will be “making a special appearance”.  So far, no talk of hot chocolate.

But here is a list of all Sponsored Skates this year.

Sponsored Skates – December 2014/January 2015

Time Sponsor
Monday December 22 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Tim Hortons
Tuesday December 23 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Lakeshore Dental Clinic
Monday December 29 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Tim Hortons
Monday December 29 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm Family Dental Centre
Tuesday December 30 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Tim Hortons
Tuesday December 30 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm Mayor’s Skate
Friday January 2 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm Tim Hortons

In addition to the free skating, there is also:

  • Public Skating most Tuesday afternoons
  • Adult Skate around lunchtime on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Stick and Puck - for kids under 7 with parents – most mornings, Mondays thru Thursdays
  • Ability Skate – Thursdays Lunchtime – exclusively for persons with disabilities.

Full public skating schedules at the Cobourg Community Centre
Download Town notice about Rotary Park Skating


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