• At 12,000 square feet it’s the largest Skate Plaza in the region.
  • Covered ice surface so you can skate all winter.
  • Skate Plaza capacity is 300.
  • Skate Plaza uses new technology – a CO2 chiller that feeds into the LEC District Energy System.
  • 13kms of piping under the plaza surface creates the ice.
  • Heat from the ice system feeds into the Lonsdale Energy system to heat surrounding buildings.
  • The curved lines under the ice reflect the lines of ship hulls that used to be cut on site.
  • The adjacent 8,000 sq.ft is a summertime water spray area

The Shipyards Skate Plaza

The Skate Plaza is open during winter months, typically beginning in December - get updates by visiting this page or signing up for CityView eNews.

The Shipyard Commons outdoor skate plaza is the region's largest outdoor skating rink. The rink is located on the waterfront at The Shipyards, and is set against the beautiful backdrop of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

During seasonal operations, the skate plaza offers daily skating, skate rentals, as well as free helmets and skate aides. Those with their own skates, skate for free. 

Skate Plaza Details

  • Open daily until late February (closed Christmas Day)
  • Skate rentals are available at a cost of $7 for adults, $5 for kids (limited quantities)
  • Supervision is not provided at ANY time
  • Helmets and skate aides are available free of charge
  • Helmets are mandatory for kids 12 and under
  • No food or drink is permitted on the ice
  • Skate Plaza will close periodically for ice cleaning
  • As an outdoor rink, the condition of the ice surface fluctuates with wind, humidity and air temperatures. The condition of the ice is monitored regularly and there may be times when the Skate Plaza has to close unexpectedly. Please monitor our social media channels for updates.    

For Your Safety

  • Be courteous to your fellow skaters
  • Maintain an appropriate speed for your skill level
  • No climbing or sitting on mounds
  • No figure skating or ice hockey

2009 - Council endorsed a vision for the City’s waterfront: 'To create a highly accessible and dynamic waterfront that also supports significant port industry, for the benefit of current and future generations.'

2013 - The City engaged with key stakeholders, businesses and residents to create the Central Waterfront Development Plan. It included a vision for The Shipyards as an active and vibrant gathering place offering year-round activities and programming, supported by a surrounding commercial development. 

2015 - Council endorsed site planning principles to clarify their vision for the area and guide future development. 

2016 -  The City partnered with Quay Management Corp to develop and deliver this unique waterfront destination including a public skating rink and water play area. Extensive site remediation work began.

2019 - The final phase of construction was completed in July 2019. 

The area now includes 85,000 sq ft of commercial and community amenity space, featuring restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, as well as the skate plaza in the winter and splash park in the summer.

How the City’s Skate Plaza Came To Be

2009 - Council endorsed a vision for the City’s waterfront: 'To create a highly accessible and dynamic waterfront that also supports significant port industry, for the benefit of current and future generations.'

2013 - The City engaged with key stakeholders, businesses and residents to create the Central Waterfront Development Plan. It included a vision for The Shipyards as an active and vibrant gathering place offering year-round activities and programming, supported by a surrounding commercial development. 

2015 - Council endorsed site planning principles to clarify their vision for the area and guide future development. 

2016 -  The City partnered with Quay Management Corp to develop and deliver this unique waterfront destination including a public skating rink and water play area. Extensive site remediation work began.

2019 - The final phase of construction was completed in July 2019. 

The area now includes 85,000 sq ft of commercial and community amenity space, featuring restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, as well as the skate plaza in the winter and splash park in the summer.

 

The Skate Plaza is part of Shipyard Commons, offering year 'round seasonal fun. In the warmer months it's converted to a Splash Park. The area surrounding the Shipyards Commons has many shops and restaurants - learn more at theshipyards.net.



Contact Info

City Skate Plaza
Tel: 604-982-8383
Email: theshipyards@cnv.org

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