New restrictions drive restraint at outside rinks, sledding hills

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They have been fortunate, McCallum stated, to seize a 45-minute time slot within the new on-line reserving system for city-run rinks.

“It was like lining up for live performance tickets,” he stated. “We knew we needed to do that for her birthday, so we have been ready on the laptop … That’s what it’s going to be like, I believe, for the subsequent short time.”

Ottawa -- January 9, 2021 -- Things were gliding smoothly at the Sens Rink of Dreams at City Hall, Saturday Jan. 9, 2021. From left: Jeffrey Maher, Jason McCallum, Kayleigh Brown and the birthday girl, Samantha Maher, came out for a skate and a Beaver Tail treat to celebrate her 18th birthday at the Rink of Dreams. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
Jeffrey Maher, left, Jason McCallum, Kayleigh Brown and birthday lady Samantha Maher, proper, who turns 18 on Sunday, stated they have been ‘fortunate’ to be amongst those that managed to snag on-line reservations for the Rink of Goals on Saturday. Photograph by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

They logged on at precisely 6 p.m. Friday, when the bookings went on-line, Samantha stated, “However the spot we needed was already gone. We bought this spot at 6:02 p.m, and by then the whole lot else was just about gone.”

A viral video circulated on-line final week, shortly earlier than the brand new city-wide outside restrictions have been introduced, displaying the identical rink crowded with folks: some skating on the ice and others hanging across the widespread, brightly-lit rink.

“Final weekend was terrible, plenty of folks all over the place” Maher stated. “However that is means safer. I really feel means higher this weekend than final weekend being out right here.”

Metropolis employees in yellow jackets checked reserving slips for skaters arriving for his or her assigned instances, brief and orderly traces shaped at a close-by Beavertails stand, and small teams of households dotted the huge, and largely empty Marion Dewar Plaza.

It was practically the identical scene at Carlington Hill, a well-liked sledding hill the place some neighbours have complained of overcrowding on the hills and in surrounding parking heaps.

It was a a lot sparser scene on the hill Saturday that greeted Matt McKay and sons Dylan, 10, and Maxwell, 12, than the one they witnessed final weekend.