Skating path in Edmonton’s Victoria Park to expand this December

The Freezeway skating path at Victoria Park in Edmonton will be back in December 2016 as the IceWay. Courtesy: Chris Gibbs

A popular winter attraction that opened in Victoria Park last year will return this year, under a new name.

The skating path known during last year’s pilot project as the Freezeway, will reopen in December as the IceWay.

The City of Edmonton said the skating path will be expanded and the new name better reflects the recreational nature of the ice surface. The city is also looking at the possibility of a second site in the river valley.

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This year, the IceWay path will start at the Victoria Skating Oval. At times when the oval is closed to the public, the skating path will remain open, the city said in a media release.

Admission to the skating path is free. The city hopes the attraction will open in early December, although that depends largely on the weather. Once the skating surface is ready, it will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Freezeway was the brainchild of former Edmontonian Matt Gibbs. The landscape architect originally envisioned the path as a way for people to skate to work.

Earlier this fall, Ice Castles announced it will once again partner with the city to bring the massive “Narnia-like” ice castle back to Hawrelak Park, another popular Edmonton winter attraction.

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