Outdoor Ice Rink
Swing by to grab your skates and hit the ice! Right by Polonsky Commons is a nifty little ice rink in our own Reflecting Pond. Meet up with your friends and enjoy an afternoon of leisurely skating. The quality of the rink is weather dependent so keep an eye out for that perfect cold day!
Want to take advantage of the ice rink but don’t have skates or a helmet? The OTSU is to the rescue, you can borrow skates and a helmet from our office in UL 100 (the portable behind the library). You can only wear your skates on the actual rink and the mats, wearing the skates anywhere else is prohibited for your safety and enjoyment. Bring your Student ID and sign out our Skating Rental Agreement here.
Safety & Accessibility
General Leisure Skating Rules
For the enjoyment and safety of all skate participants, please respect the following guidelines.
Helmets & Safety Equipment
Why are helmets important?
While there are no concussion-proof helmets, a hockey helmet can help protect you from a serious brain or head injury. Here are resources to more information about helmets.
Tips for First-Time Skaters
Don’t look down when skating – Newcomers to skating will often spend time looking at their feet rather than the direction they are going. Keep your head up and look in front of you.
Don’t lean backward when skating – Leaning back will likely send you flying on your backside- or worse. Keep your knees bent and your weight forward. Hold your arms out in front of you and open them wide to help stay balanced.
Falling– is part of the sport so it’s natural that it can happen. If you are able to anticipate a fall, bend your knees and squat into a dip position. Do not grab onto another skater if you are falling.
Getting Up – Get up quickly, skaters should not stay down for a prolonged period unless injured. To get up, place your hands and knees and place one foot between your hands. Repeat with your other foot and lift up until you are standing again.
Learn to stop – bend your knees slightly inward then push out with one or both of your feet. You should put a small amount of pressure on the ice so your feet will not slide out from under you. When you stop, you should have created a little bit of “snow” that was sheared off from the ice. Don’t worry if you don’t get this at first, but try-try again because you will most definitely get better with a little practice.
Relax and have fun!
Learn to skate video.
Report a problem
If you notice a problem, please let us know so that the issue can be addressed. All concerns can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be reported in person to skate patrol.
Who is permitted to skate on the rink?
The outdoor rink is only open only to Ontario Tech students, staff and faculty. At this time, Durham College and the public are unable to use the rink.
Do I need my Ontario Tech student/staff ID?
Students, staff and faculty are required to show their ID staff/student before being permitted on the ice.
Is hockey permitted?
While we’re a big fan of the good ol’ hockey game, any hockey on the rink is prohibited for the safety of the skaters.
Are helmets required?
CSA-approved helmets that are fitted correctly are recommended while on the ice. Helmets help to prevent serious head and brain injuries.
Are children allowed on the ice?
No, you must be 18 years of age or a student to use the ice.
Can you skate after hours?
Unfortunately, it is a risk to utilize the ice without proper supervision. Access to the rink is strictly prohibited outside the hours of operation.
How much does it cost?
The Ontario Tech Student Union and Ontario Tech has brought this winter experience to students at no cost. Access to the rink and free skate/helmet borrowing is at first come first serve basis.
Where do I put my shoes purse or belongings while I skate?
The Ontario Tech Student Union and Ontario Tech are not responsible for lost or stolen items. There will be some lockers available onsite at first come first serve basis. Please bring your own lock to secure.
Are wheelchairs allowed on the ice?
Wheelchair users are welcome on the ice. Powered or non-powered wheelchairs can go on the ice if they can be safely operated. Participants with wheelchairs will need to be accompanied by an aide.
Do I need socks if I am borrowing skates?
For hygiene reasons, all participants borrowing skates must wear socks.