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December 23, 2014

Find winter fun for everyone in Winnipeg parks

Released: 10:22 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - There are numerous opportunities available to enjoy outdoor activities at City parks and facilities this holiday season. The City offers a wide range of outdoor amenities and locations for winter activities, sure to be fun for everyone.

Winter park amenities include: skating ponds, neighbourhood pleasure rinks, toboggan slides, hills and cross country ski trails.

Tobogganing
Kildonan Park, Waterfront Drive, Bunn’s Creek Park, St. Vital Park, Crescent Drive Park and Fraser’s Grove Park will have their toboggan slides open to the public for the holidays. Toboggan hills will open when there is enough snow. For more information visit City of Winnipeg - Toboggan Hills and Slides in Winnipeg Parks

Skating
Visit the sparkling new St. Vital Duck Pond Pavilion and enjoy the view of the skating pond and the little tots hill or toast some chestnuts on the embers of the Ecobuage Bonfire Pit.

This year, as construction is taking place at the Peguis Pavilion Pond in Kildonan Park, the skating rink will be located next to the toboggan slides. Benches and picnic tables will be located around the rink. Washrooms are available on the lower level of the Peguis Pavilion. Parking along the roadway is permitted.

There are over 40 pleasure skating rinks in neighbourhood parks. Find one near you: visit City of Winnipeg - Park Skating Ponds.

Cross Country Skiing
Winter conditions have not been favourable for ski-trail tracking, but will be available when there is enough snow at Kildonan Park, Harbourview, St. Vital Park, La Barriere Park, and Living Prairie Museum. Visit City of Winnipeg - Cross Country Ski Trails for updates.

Park Trails
Enjoy a refreshing walk in the winter wonderland. Visit your City of Winnipeg Regional Parks.

For a complete listing of amenities, maps, schedule information, please visit City of Winnipeg - Parks and Fields.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service #FireFreeHoliday Series

Tip #4: Safety for holiday lights and decorations

Released: 12:57 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Holiday spirit is high this time of year, but so can be the risk of home fires. In our #FireFreeHoliday series, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service would like share some helpful tips to help you minimize the risk of a fire in your home and make your holiday season enjoyable and safe.

Lights and Decorations

It’s always fun to deck the halls and trim the tree during the holiday season. But some lights and decorations can be dangerous if not used carefully. Here are some tips for ensuring your decorations stay decorative, not destructive:

  • Always use Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada approved holiday lights. Check the bulbs, sockets, wires and plugs on your lights to ensure that nothing is cracked, broken or exposed. Replace any missing bulbs, and be careful not to bypass a fuse.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Do not link more than three light strands unless the directions say it is safe to do so. Connect light strings to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
  • Check the wires from your lights once in a while - they should NOT be warm to the touch.
  • Do not use lights on metallic trees. A faulty system could energize the tree and shock or electrocute anyone who comes into contact with it.
  • Make sure to turn off all interior and exterior Christmas lights before going to sleep and whenever you are leaving your home.
  • Use only non-flammable or flame-retardant decorations, and make sure to place decorations away from heat vents and fireplaces.
Last update: December 23, 2014