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Ottawa Magazine - - WINTER 2018 -

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It’s the quin­tes­sen­tial Cana­dian win­ter­time ac­tiv­ity — skat­ing in the great out­doors.

But even as old­sters rem­i­nisce about the good old days of back­yard rinks and pond hockey, the re­al­ity of un­pre­dictable weather has meant shorter skat­ing sea­sons and far too many days of slushy ice con­di­tions. And so hy­brid rinks have been pop­ping up around town to help guar­an­tee a five-month sea­son.

Known as re­frig­er­ated ice sur­faces, they in­clude the rinks at Ot­tawa City Hall, Rideau Hall, Ben Franklin Place, and Lans­downe Park. Purists may scoff, but the new in­car­na­tion of the clas­sic rink is worth em­brac­ing.

Now there’s a next-gen out­door rink that ex­tends the sea­son even fur­ther. The Jim Tub­man Chevro­let Sens Rink opened early last De­cem­ber be­side the Can­ter­bury Re­cre­ation Com­plex in Alta Vista. De­signed by N45 Ar­chi­tec­ture, it’s the city’s first open-air cov­ered rink — one that boasts a state-of-the-art sound sys­tem and light­ing per­fect for In­sta­gram-wor­thy skat­ing self­ies. “When the snow is fall­ing, it’s truly mag­i­cal,” says Keith Dickie, the de­sign ar­chi­tect for the project.

The roof keeps out snow and has side fac­ings that de­flect the sun to fur­ther main­tain the cooler ice sur­face. And lest peo­ple worry that it’s a one-sea­son space, ball hockey and bas­ket­ball take over in the off-sea­son.

N45 has made a name for it­self de­sign­ing many of Ot­tawa’s in­door and out­door rinks, so Dickie knows what he’s talk­ing about when he sug­gests cov­ered rinks may be the wave of the fu­ture for com­mu­ni­ties across Canada. — Sarah Brown

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