The  pirate ship outside Westhills Arena in Langford’s City Centre Park forms part of the Christmas decorations at this time of year.

The pirate ship outside Westhills Arena in Langford’s City Centre Park forms part of the Christmas decorations at this time of year.

Outdoor skating open in Langford

City Centre Park expands ice for Christmas season in Langford complex

Many West Shore residents have fond memories of lacing up skates and gliding across frozen ponds.

While outdoor temperatures haven’t permitted much of that in recent years, one Langford facility is looking to continue its take on the old-time tradition.

While this isn’t the first year City Centre Park, 1097 Langford Pkwy, is offering West Shore residents a chance to skate on their outdoor pond, many residents appear to still be unaware the opportunity exists, even when temperatures don’t dip below freezing.

Weather permitting, the outdoor skating pond will be open from now until Jan. 4, Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.

During public skates on Sundays, from 3 to 4:20 p.m., the indoor area will be opened up and connected to the pond. Both areas can be enjoyed without having to take your skates off.

Once you’ve had your fun on the ice, City Centre Park also has fire pits open for residents to warm up by and enjoy while sipping on a warm cup of hot chocolate, coffee or even a mocha.

Admission for the outdoor ice is $3 (regular admission rates apply when it’s open to the indoor area).

katie@goldstreamgazette.com