Ice Dreams and Take The Roof Off Winter Showcase 2007

Organization Sponsor: Go for Green

Organization Partner: Recreation Nova Scotia (formerly Nova Scotia Recreation and Parks Association)

Program Description

Ice Dreams ( is a national program of Go for Green that encourages the development and use of new and existing outdoor rinks in Canada. It aims to provide opportunities for girls and boys of all ages to get active in the outdoors during winter by playing hockey or other unstructured games on frozen ponds and waterways, or backyard, neighbourhood and community rinks. In Nova Scotia, Ice Dreams falls under the umbrella of the Take The Roof Off Winter initiative ( The soccer field at Falmouth Elementary houses 2 side-by-side outdoor rinks – one 96’x 36’, and one 96’ x 29’; both were built by Mr. MacLean and parents of students attending the school. Maintenance of the ice (scraping and flooding) is done by Mr. MacLean, students, and parents. The initial filling of the rinks was done by the local volunteer fire department and was used as a training exercise for new volunteers with the department, and local businesses donated, or provided good discounts on needed supplies. This is the 5 th consecutive winter that the school has had an outdoor rink in place and typically, the ice is “in” from the 3 rd week of January until March break.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Teachers Union $5,000- 40 helmets, 60 snowshoes,hockey equipment, sleds,.
Local Recreation Department $600

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Large community support to maintain rinks.

Impact Of Program: 

All organizations and families are allowed to use the rinks during winter. Has become a regular community winter activity.

Evaluation Tools: 

The enthusiastic response from students and the usage of the rinks by community members.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Support of school staff, students, families and community in building, maintaining, and using the rinks.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Maintaining the rinks is labor intensive so involving volunteers is crucial. The services are offered free to the community so support and usage is high.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project has been repeated successfully for the past 5 years.

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