OUTDOOR RINKS – Current Status

January 20, 2022

The main rink is unavailable until the weather cools. 

Our 2022 Community Hockey program is now running when weather permits.

The warmer weather is resulting in poorer surface ice quality.

Seasonal flooding and cleaning of the ice surfaces has commenced and will continue throughout the season, with the pleasure and hockey rinks becoming available for the season, weather and ice condition permitting.

Because of the underlying condition of the boards, all boards will be replaced in 2022 as part of a capital project approved by the Board of Directors in 2021. If additional damage occurs during the season, operating hours will be restricted to when volunteers are on site. Those hours will be posted on our Facebook site, and on this website.

If you can donate to the project, please visit the Parks Foundation Calgary website, and click “Make a Donation…Sport Projects” to direct your donation to the “Hidden Valley Rink”.

You can also go directly to the Parks Foundation Calgary Donation Form.

At this time, the rinks are not available to book for private events. The Board of Directors is investigating how to make that happen in 2022.

OUTDOOR RINKS

During the Winter season, the Hidden Valley Community Association usually* has two ice surfaces located at #10504 Hidden Valley Drive NW.

  • The main ice surface is a skating / hockey rink with boards and nets. It is located on the east side of the Hidden Hut. This surface is approximately 3200sq.ft. allowing for 65 skaters (49 sq.ft. allowed per person). The rink includes: player benches, lights for night use until 8:30 PM.  Sticks and pucks are allowed except for ‘Family Skate’ time on Sundays from 12:00 noon until 3:00PM.
  • The additional surface is intended as a casual skating rink. It is directly north of the Hidden Hut with a surface of approximately 960 sq.ft. allowing for 20 skaters. This ice surface is appropriate for toddlers, young children as well as beginners learning how to skate. Park benches are available to put on and remove skates. No sticks or pucks are allowed on the pleasure rink.

Parking is available for both ice surfaces in the parking lot, south of the Hidden Hut.

Outdoor ice season is weather dependent, but generally runs from mid December to late February. Maintenance of the outdoor rinks is provided by volunteers with the Hidden Valley Community Association. Building and maintenance of ice is likewise completed by community volunteers. The rink is maintained weekly with ice building and patch filling when necessary. Both ice surfaces are flooded at least once a week, weather permitting.

Ice surface availability may be suspended to the extent that the HVCA is prevented or hindered from complying with them by events beyond its reasonable control, including without limitation: failure of equipment, adverse weather conditions, in compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction.

HIDDEN HUT

The Hidden Hut is not available for booking.