Recreation and cultural program registrations open March 7!

City of Ottawa recreation registration opening soon!

The City of Ottawa is launching registrations for all of its spring and summer recreation programs next week:

Aquatics - Monday, March 7 @ 9pm
All other programs - Wednesday, March 9 @ 9pm

Test out the new registration system early!

Recreation registration page

Since the last registration period in the fall, the City has upgraded its system. To avoid issues signing up next week, perform this simple test:

  1. Visit the City's recreation site.
  2. Click on the green "Register" button.

If the registration page appears, you are all set to be able to register for programs. However, if it doesn't appear, you're encouraged to try on a different device or use a different internet service provider. You can also register by phone by calling 613-580-2588 when registration opens. 

Expect delays during the busy times

Registering for programs when the period first opens always means that phone lines may be busy and the registration site load times may be slow or fail due to the increased traffic. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete registrations for everyone interested. 

Have your information ready to register

Don't forget that you'll need a client barcode, as well as family PIN numbers in order to register for any City of Ottawa programs. If you don't yet have one, you can create a client account here.

Seasonal openings and closures at City of Ottawa parks

The City of Ottawa has reopened its 55 approved sledding hills. The hills had been closed due to a lack of snow and ice conditions. The hills now have enough snow to allow for safe sledding. Outdoors enthusiasts are invited to sled while weather and hill conditions permit, and to keep personal safety in mind while sledding.

Approved sledding hill locations and safety tips are available on the City’s website at ottawa.ca.

Outdoor rinks

The City of Ottawa is closing most of its outdoor skating rinks due to the fluctuations in temperature that make ice skating conditions unsafe and are detrimental to the maintenance of surfaces. The City and the numerous volunteers responsible for the maintenance of the skating surfaces urge residents to avoid using the outdoor rinks.

For a list of rinks which remain open, please contact the Seasonal Recreation office at 613-580-2590 or visit ottawarinkconditions.ca

The refrigerated ice surface at the Rink of Dreams will remain open throughout March until the daily high temperature reaches 10oC. Check ottawa.ca/rinkofdreams for daily updates.

The refrigerated ice surface at Ben Franklin Place remains open until March 9.

COLUMN: Time for Spring and Summer Recreation programs

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be profiling my next two Councillor For Hire shifts.  On February 28th, I worked for the NoGo Coffee Company and on March 8th, you can visit me at the Manotick Village Butcher where I’ll be working 9:30am to 5:00pm.  These are two of Rideau-Goulbourn’s newest new businesses and I’m excited to share my experiences with you.

Speaking of exciting and Manotick, most of you are aware by now that Watson’s Mill is putting on an aggressive campaign to raise money for the replacement of its roof.  The “Raise the Roof” campaign has set a goal of $200,000 to be raised in conjunction with other funding in order to replace this 89 year old roof of our beloved symbol of Manotick.  It is a rare case when someone in all of Ottawa, not just Manotick, is unaware of Watson’s Mill.  With thousands of visitors throughout the year, the Mill is not just a symbol of Manotick, it IS Manotick.  The Raise the Roof Committee has been busy putting on countless fundraising events such as the summer concert series of this past year.  Look for more events in 2012 that celebrate our Mill and aim to raise the necessary funds, be a part of this historic facility, and help add much needed longevity to its already glorious life.  For more information on how to donate, volunteer, or to learn more about the Raise the Roof campaign, visit www.watsonsmill.com.

The Rideau River is such an integral part of Rideau-Goulbourn in that is borders the ward from Nicolls Island, through Manotick, Kars, and Beckett’s Landing, and all the way through to Burritts Rapids.  This next little blurb is issued by the City and even though we all know the inherent dangers with thin ice, I think it’s appropriate to pass along this type of information to a community where the river is ever present.

Think twice before venturing onto the ice

Even though temperatures have been mild, the City of Ottawa reminds residents that when the temperatures go down, awareness of the dangers of being on or around ice and open water needs to go up.

If you want to go out onto the ice, remember the thickness should be:

  • ·                     15 cm for walking or skating alone
  • ·                     20 cm for skating parties or games
  • ·                     25 cm for snowmobiles
  • ·                     35 cm for fishing huts

As a guideline, clear blue ice is usually the strongest; white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Grey ice is unsafe. The greyness indicates the presence of water.

Water levels this year are higher than usual and are accompanied by soft, slippery banks that are treacherous, particularly for young children, adults and family pets.

Last winter, Ottawa Fire Services, working in close coordination with the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Police Services, responded to 49 calls for help from persons in distress, lost or feared drowned.  Stay safe, stay off thin ice.

Time for Spring and Summer Recreation programs

It is time to check out the thousands of classes the City of Ottawa has to offer in the 2012 Spring-Summer Recreation eGuide. 

From boot camps to sports, drawing to pottery, and aqua fitness to yoga, the City of Ottawa offers spring classes that will keep you active, creative and healthy.

Water fun, sports, neighbourhood, arts and specialty day camps offer kid-sized adventures all summer long. With camps across the city, children of all ages love the options.

Registration for spring classes and summer camps opens online at 10 p.m. March 5 for swimming activities and 10 p.m. on March 7 for all other programs. Please browse the Recreation eGuide for new recreation and culture experiences.

It will be time well spent at ottawa.ca/recreationguide

Time for the Spring-Summer Recreation eGuide

 

It’s time to check out the thousands of classes the City of Ottawa has to offer in the 2012 Spring-Summer Recreation eGuide.

From boot camps to sports, drawing to pottery and aquafitness to yoga, we have spring classes that will keep you active, creative and healthy!

Water fun, sports, neighbourhood, arts and specialty day camps offer kid size adventures all summer long. With camps across the city, children of all ages love to play with us!

Registration for spring classes and summer camps opens online at 10 pm on March 5 for swimming activities and 10 pm on March 7 for all other programs. Take time to browse the Recreation eGuide for new recreation and culture experiences.

Time well spent at ottawa.ca/recreationguide

City’s March Break Camps: Kid-size adventures start here!

School’s out for a week of fun, and across the city there are over 100 action-packed March Break camps in sports, arts, water fun and more! Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. Try horseback riding, indoor soccer or rock climbing. Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps. Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps. Get messy with clay, paints and glue. Work on your leadership skills and make new friends.
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Column: Upcoming Winter Festivals

Feeling down and upset because you don’t have tickets to the NHL All-Star Game this weekend? Don’t be! Look no further than Manotick Shiverfest to fill the void and make you ask "NHL All-Star Game? What NHL All-Star Game?!" Shiverfest begins Friday night with events throughout the weekend and wrapping up with the one of a kind and ultra challenging trivia event at The Mill Tavern Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!
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City’s approved sledding hills closed

The City of Ottawa has temporarily closed its 55 approved sledding hills due to the changing weather, which has resulted in unsafe conditions for sledding. The City of Ottawa urges the public to keep personal safety in mind and remain off the sledding hills until further notice. The hills will reopen once we receive a significant snowfall and only after hill conditions are deemed safe.

Notification of the re-opening of the hills will be available on the City’s website at ottawa.ca.

Winter fun at Ottawa’s outdoor rinks

Get outdoors and enjoy some winter fun at a City of Ottawa outdoor rink including those located in Ottawa’s four rural wards. 

Check out the locations and amenities of each rink. Users are reminded to abide by the rules of conduct . Outdoor rink permits for group bookings can also be requested based on the outdoor rink permit guidelines.

Indoor public skating is also available at City run arenas. Check the online automated public skating schedule for times and locations that work for you, or check the individual arena schedule for public skating times in your community.