Public Skating

Public skating at the Stu Barnes Arena in the Agrena is available weekdays (Monday to Friday) from noon to 1 p.m.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and based on guidelines from the Province of Alberta, the public skating program will operate a bit differently this year.

NEW! Register for a public skating session in advance

  • Participants will be required to register online in advance to attend a public skating session.
  • The maximum capacity for each public skating session is 30 skaters.
  • Participants can register for up to six spots for their desired session up to 14 days in advance. Registration for each public skating session will close at 11 a.m. on the day of the session.
  • Walk-up or drop-in traffic will not be permitted for public skating.

Planning your trip to public skating

  • Doors to the Stu Barnes Arena will open at 11:50 a.m. and will remain open until 12:10 p.m.
  • A staff member will be stationed in the Stu Barnes Arena lobby to check in participants before they proceed to the skate tying area. There will be no access to dressing rooms; chairs will be provided in the skate tying area in the dressing room hallway.
  • Participants will have to exit the facility by 1:15 p.m.
  • No spectators will be permitted and the stands will be closed.
  • Washrooms are available.
  • Water fountains are not available; please bring your own filled water bottle.
  • When attending public skating, skaters must follow the Agrena’s guidelines and all public health orders.
  • City staff will be on site to monitor the facility.

Rules and guidelines

When attending public skating at the Stu Barnes Arena during COVID-19, please follow these rules and guidelines:

  • Do not attend public skating if you are feeling unwell.
  • Practise physical distancing (maintain two metres between people).
  • Practise healthy hygiene habits; wash your hands regularly/use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face.
  • Face coverings or masks are required when in all publicly accessible indoor areas of the Agrena, which includes the lobby, stands and washrooms. Face coverings are not required when on the ice surface.

In addition:

  • Helmets are mandatory for all participants.
  • Do not bring any valuables that can’t be kept with you at all times.
  • Skate aids are not provided, but you are permitted to bring your own.
  • Sticks or pucks are not permitted.
  • Participants are asked to skate in the same direction (clockwise).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to register in advance for public skating when this used to be a drop-in program?

Registration is required for several reasons that are a result of the current situation with COVID-19:

  • The City needs to maintain a record of all participants who utilize the program.
  • There is limited capacity for each public skating session.
How do I register for public skating?

You can register for public skating through the City’s online registration system. If you don’t have one already, you will need to create an account (you will need to add your family members to your account). Review these frequently asked questions about account registration for more information. Keep in mind registration is limited to six spots per user per session and you can register up to 14 days in advance.

What if I want to attend public skating, but haven’t registered for a time slot in advance?

Walk up traffic will not be permitted for public skating. Residents are strongly encouraged to register in advance. Registration for each public skating session will be accepted online, space permitting, until 11 a.m. on the day of the session.

Will the washrooms and dressing rooms be open?   

The washrooms at the Agrena will be open. Dressing rooms will not be open, but chairs will be provided in the skate tying area in the dressing room hallway.

Why do I have to wear a face covering?

Face coverings or masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor areas of all City facilities. At the Agrena, this includes the lobby, stands and washrooms. Face coverings are not required when on the ice surface.