Sturgeon County opens first outdoor skating trail
Residents encouraged to Get Outside to Cardiff Park and enjoy the new ice and lights in a safe, socially-distanced way
Lace up your skates and grab your hot chocolate, the Sturgeon County Skating Trail has officially opened for fun.
Surrounded by lights, the unique 375-metre natural ice surface is for all ages. Located in Cardiff Park, the trail winds through the trees in a full loop, making it accessible for new and experienced skaters.
“There is something soothing about skating outdoors on a natural surface,” stated Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “Getting outside into nature is one of the best ways to discover the beauty of Sturgeon County in the winter.”
The trail is open daily until 10:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to properly distance, as per Alberta Health Services guidelines.
"We had such positive feedback on our Winter Light Stroll last year, we wanted to add an activity that would expand on ways we can enjoy our park and recreate outside safely,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “The Sturgeon Skating Trail is a great way to safely maintain our physical and mental health during the pandemic.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that regular physical activity throughout the pandemic “gives our days a routine and … also good for our mental health - reducing the risk of depression, cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia - and improve overall feelings.”
As part of Sturgeon County’s Get Outside campaign, trail users are encouraged to post images of their experience to social media. Be sure to tag photos with #SturgeonCounty to be shared on Sturgeon County’s accounts.
For more information on the Sturgeon County Skating Trail, visit www.sturgeoncounty.ca/GetOutside
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