Fort Saskatchewan residents now have somewhere new to skate. 
The city has cleared some snow from the West River's Edge pond, forming a 1km-long loop that officially opened on Tuesday (Dec.22).
"It's always been in the plans to activate that park in the wintertime and we thought, 'you know what, this is the year to do it,'" said parks manager Jenelle Hart. "We encourage the public to go out, maintain their distance and to enjoy themselves." 
This loop is in addition to another in Legacy Park, which is lit up with Christmas lights.  
With recent freezing temperatures, all nine skating rinks in Fort Saskatchewan are now open to the public. In accordance with park hours, they are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 
All visitors must follow the Alberta Health guidelines surrounding social distancing and outdoor gatherings. 
Municipal enforcement will be checking the rinks to make sure public health guidelines are followed, primarily providing education.