Free Public Skating at Community Arenas Begins this Fall

Sep 12, 2018

Public skating will be free of charge at all 14 community arenas this fall, under a pilot program to provide affordable access to recreational and leisure opportunities in the City of Greater Sudbury.

Between September and December 2018, fees will be waived for all ages, adult and parents and tots public skating sessions at indoor arenas. Feel Free to Skate is funded through an existing budget for population health initiatives.

In addition, more municipal community centres will open for indoor walking programs, free of charge between November 2018 and March 2019. Everyone is welcome at Capreol, Chelmsford, Onaping, McClelland, Centennial, Dr. Edgar Leclair, Garson and T.M. Davies Community Centres and Arenas to participate in the walking program.

Dates and times for public skating and indoor walking sessions vary by location. Schedules are available at or by calling 311.

Feel Free to Feel Fit, which provides free public swimming once weekly at five municipal pools, returns for its 10th season this month. Free public swim schedules are available at or by calling 311.

Business cases for additional affordable access to recreation opportunities, including extension of free public skating and indoor walking on a permanent basis, will be submitted to Council as part of the 2019 municipal budget process.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s Corporate Strategic Plan includes the expansion of healthy initiatives to ensure that all residents have the ability to access leisure and recreational opportunities, regardless of ability to pay.