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Skating rink on Parliament Hill officially opening to public

Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 7:03 am EST

Construction continues on the skating rink on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. The rink is part of a $5.6 million budget that includes a contest to bring 32 peewee house league hockey teams from across the country to Ottawa for a tournament after Christmas. The rink comes complete with cooling system, grandstands and boards. But outside of the tournament and a few other assorted events, there will be no hockey allowed on the ice. Also no food, no rough housing, no tag, no figure or speed skating, and no carrying of children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA — The skating rink on Parliament Hill is set to open to the public.

An official opening ceremony for the Canada 150 rink is being held at 9 a.m., Thursday.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kent Hehr will be on hand as a broomball game gets underway.

The ice will then host public skating for the first time at 11 a.m.

The Canada 150 rink is free to use, but skaters will need passes to gain access to it.

Those passes can be reserved at canada150rink.com at least 48 hours in ahead of time.

Senior Executive Director of Canada 150 Andrew Campbell says many day parts are filling up already, some of which he wasn’t sure they would have success with, which reassures him this reservation system is better than making people wait in long cold lines day after day.

“If you are coming from out of town, which we hope a lot of people from out of town get the chance to skate as well, is you know that if you booked in advance, you’ve got your spot,” adds Campbell.

He expects that more than 40,000 people will skate on the rink by the time it closes on February 25.

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