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'In true winter style:' Parliament Hill to get skating rink in December

Government announces rink will go up on Parliament Hill lawn to cap off Canada 150.

The government is planning to construct a skating rink on Parliament Hill.

Richard Lautens / Toronto Star Staff

The government is planning to construct a skating rink on Parliament Hill.

You will be able to play shinny and skate a lap on Parliament Hill in December, as the government announced plans Thursday to construct a rink on the east lawn.

The heritage department announced the rink would be constructed soon and will open on Dec. 7 staying open until Dec. 31 this year.

Andrew Campbell, senior executive director of Canada 150, said the rink is going to have all the amenities.

“It will be a full-sized NHL rink, there will be a viewing area for people who need universal access and there will be a viewing area for about 1,000 people.”

Campbell said it’s a great way to cap off the sesquicentennial year.

“Canadians have really wanted to come together as communities and one of the great ways Canadians come together as a community, as people from the north is a community where we all skate together.”

The government was not providing cost estimates for the project yet, but promised more details would come out in the weeks ahead  

Minister Mélanie Joly said in a prepared statement it would be a great opportunity for people to come visit parliament.

“I invite everyone to come out and celebrate our amazing country in true winter style.”

The rink will be open for Canada 150 Skating Day. The rink is being constructed with help from the Ottawa International Hockey Festival and the Ottawa Senators.

The NHL had originally pitched a proposal to have an outdoor game hosted on Parliament Hill, but the government rejected that idea. Campbell couldn’t say if the Sens would have any events or practices on the hill rink.

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