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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa, Ontario

The Rideau Canal Skateway is just under 5 miles in total length. National Capital Commission photo.

In today's earlier entry on skating rinks, Alex B. and Charlie comment, rightly, that DC tends to not sustain temperatures cold enough to freeze and maintain ice rinks without refrigeration. 

Charlie mentioned the C&O Canal as a possible option. In Ottawa, it being much colder, they do use their frozen canals as winter open spaces.

-- Rideau Canal Skateway, National Capital Commission

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At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ottawa got rid of their once nice train station which is a loss- as far as transit goes they suck except for BRT & everybody drives

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous charlie said...

yes, that is exactly what i was thinking.

Clearly a huge expense, but it would b a great wintertime attraction for Georgetown, and cheaper than a gondola.

the new rink in Georgetown is nice as well.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

at the waterfront park? or at the Harbour?

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Christopher said...

It doesn't stay cold enough in NYC either but that doesn't stop us from having many rinks. Including several new ones and pop-up rinks like the one at South Street Seaport ... that area is still undergoing Sandy repairs but there have been a series of pop-up uses for the streets around those buildings.

Here's a partial list of NYC rinks both in parks and within developments:

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that cold in Ottawa anymore, either. I grew up on the banks of the St. Lawrence about 45 min. south on the American side and the climate change was starting back in the late '60s-early '70s.

The Rideau is pretty cool. My brother boated the length of it and continued on the Ottawa to Montreal a few times back in the day.

The CUA Lower Georgetown/Foggy Bottom Project had a whole section on reactivating the C&O Canal with wintertime skating. The ice would be similar to the Washington Harbour technique--in a container that is set up over the fountain. My guess is that the BID is very happy with the skating rink--seems pretty successful. Don't know how the residents or offices feel about it.

Also, in that Georgetown 2028 BID plan, there's a whole section on "partnering" with NPS to upgrade/restore the C&O Canal.



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