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City lakes do not meet standards for outdoor skating

As we head into the Holiday season and colder weather sets in, residents may be tempted to skate on outdoor ponds and lakes. There are four designated skating locations in Lethbridge which city crews frequently monitor for safety. At this time none of these locations meet City of Lethbridge standards for public skating.

The four designated skating locations monitored by City staff are:

  • Chinook Lake;
  • Henderson Lake;
  • Legacy Lake; and
  • Nicholas Sheran.

Ice on stormwater ponds is not monitored by the City and residents are reminded to stay safe by keeping off stormwater ponds.

Throughout the winter months, crews assess ice conditions in the designated skating areas using the following criteria:

  • The presence of standing water or open water
  • The amount of freezing that has occurred
  • Snow cover
  • Present thickness of the ice
    • (minimum 12 inches for machine clearing)
  • Present condition of the ice
  • Present clarity of the ice
  • Air temperature

For more information, and to check out the current ice conditions visit:

For Public Inquiries:

Call 311 |  Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.