Reservations for refrigerated outdoor rinks; changed library hours


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Whether you prefer to skate at high speed on one of the city’s four refrigerated outdoor rinks or snuggle up with a book from the public library, changes are shaping up for you.

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The City of Ottawa is implementing an online reservation system to reserve time during peak periods at its four outdoor refrigerated rinks and amending public library hours and services.

Starting Monday, residents can reserve free 45-minute blocks of ice time using the online reservation system at ottawa.ca/skating

Capacity limits are based on a physical distance of two meters.

The four rinks and peak times affected include the Ice rink of Dreams at the town hall from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink of Dreams near Walkley Road 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays on The Lansdowne Park skating field from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays and Ben Franklin Place Ice Rink in Nepean from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and from 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

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Reservations can be made up to two days in advance, with new seats opening at 6 p.m. daily. A maximum of four skaters can be reserved on each reservation.

Those who have made reservations must show copies of their confirmation emails upon entry. Skating time is available on a free basis during off-peak hours.

Reservations are not required at the city’s more than 265 natural ice rinks. Capacity limits and distancing requirements apply.

In the meantime, the Ottawa Public Library has announced that it will adjust its opening hours and to modify services from Monday .

The weekday opening hours for most branches and Infoservice will be: Monday, ten am at 6 pm; Tuesday, 1 pm to 8 pm; Wednesday, ten am at 6 pm; and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday to stay the same.

The Ottawa Public Library websites Hours and places also has details of modified hours for branches in Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbor, Grely, Munster, North Gower, Osgoode, Richmond, Rockliffe to park, Vanier and Vernon.

Bookmobile services and home services are not affected.

Customers will still bpick up and borrow collections, pick up holds, rreturn materials to scrap books, youse public computers for an hour, rsign up for new library cards or renew memberships, pay the fees and access the print and and lamination services.

However, some services and programs have been suspended, including seat, study the tiled floors and lounges, Chromebook ready In-branch use of newspapers and magazines and creaction spaces.

There may also be a delay in services and reception hold objects.


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