The river may be closed, but Old Market Square is open!

Exchange District business owners test new skating rink

EXCHANGE DISTRICT (March 7, 2017) – Old Market Square in the Exchange District is now home to Winnipeg’s newest ice surface and public access skating rink.

The new rink was spearheaded by local business owners and Exchange District BIZ board members, Nick Van Seggelen (Bodegoes) and Mike Del Buono (King + Bannatyne). They have been working feverishly to put the final touches on the Exchange District rink.

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Recognizing the community is home to an increasing number of residents and more and more visitors each month, Nick and Mike believe the skating rink will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

“We have heard nothing but great things about the rink,” says Van Seggelen. “People are excited to lace up their skates and enjoy the outdoors in the Exchange.”

The skating rink was installed as a feasibility study to test the long-term effects to the Old Market Square landscape. If the rink is a success, the Exchange District BIZ will move forward with developing winter programming which includes an annual skating rink for the beloved Cube site.

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“Winnipeg is definitely embracing its Winter-peg spirit and we in the Exchange want to celebrate the frosty season too,” says Stephanie Stroh, Exchange District BIZ Project Manager: Marketing and Communications.

“The Exchange District BIZ would like to thank the City of Winnipeg and Councillor Mike Pagtakhan for all their support this past year and we look forward to working with them in the coming year to hopefully make the rink a permanent reality,” said Karen Kornelsen, Manager of Marketing, Communications and Events at the Exchange District BIZ.

After unseasonally warm weekend weather temperatures, the skating rink will once again be open on Thursday, March 9, and the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy it.

“The more people we get skating the better,” says Van Seggelen, who will be on the rink as long as the weather keeps cool.


For more information:

Stephanie Stroh or Karen Kornelsen
Marketing & Communications
Exchange District BIZ