Castlegar’s outdoor ice skating rinks at Kinnaird Park are now open, offering free skating from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are two rinks - one for skating and one for hockey. Both are lit up during the evening hours. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Castlegar’s outdoor ice skating rinks at Kinnaird Park are now open, offering free skating from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are two rinks - one for skating and one for hockey. Both are lit up during the evening hours. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Castlegar opens community rinks

The popular rinks are lit up at night for hours of enjoyment

Castlegar, winter is finally here.

The city’s outdoor community ice skating and hockey rinks are officially opening this afternoon, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m.

The rinks are located at the back side of Kinnaird Park, 2501-14th Avenue.

These rinks are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday depending on the weather. They normally remain open until late January or early February as long as the temperatures stay at freezing or below. The rinks are lit up during the evening until 10pm.

Two rinks are available, one for skating and a second for hockey. The rinks are free to use and are flooded as needed during low-usage hours.

Ice conditions change with the weather and rinks may close if conditions deteriorate or maintenance is required.