Ice time on Par­lia­ment Hill

To host pub­lic skat­ing rink in De­cem­ber

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - BLAIR CRAW­FORD

Cana­di­ans are in­vited to lace up their skates and take to The Hill this De­cem­ber.

The govern­ment said Thurs­day it will build a fam­ily skat­ing rink on Par­lia­ment Hill as the coun­try closes out its 2017 150th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

The rink will be open for skat­ing from Dec. 7 to 31 and will cul­mi­nate with a New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion on Par­lia­ment Hill.

The Dec. 7 open­ing also co­in­cides with the Christ­mas lights il­lu­mi­na­tion, which will fea­ture mu­si­cal per­for­mances and fire­works.

In ad­di­tion, Sun­day, Dec. 10 will be cel­e­brated as Na­tional Skat­ing Day with the Hill rink as the fo­cus of events to take place in 200 com­mu­ni­ties across Canada.

The par­lia­men­tary rink an­nounce­ment comes af­ter the govern­ment nixed the hopes of the NHL and the Ottawa Sen­a­tors to stage an out­door game on the Hill to cel­e­brate the NHL’s 100th an­niver­sary this year.

That game, between the Sen­a­tors and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens, will in­stead be played out­doors at Lans­downe Park on Dec. 16.

TONY CALD­WELL

Construction crews be­gin build­ing a skat­ing rink on Par­lia­ment Hill yes­ter­day.

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