The ‘A’ team is excited to announce the opening of “A” Place to Play – Outdoor Skating Surface in Downtown Amherst. The new ice surface is located between Victoria and Electric Street on the Kim Maddison (Atlantic Smile Dentistry) property with parking available off Maple Street. 

The surface is open until 10p.m. daily, weather permitting, and helmets are strongly advised. We’re happy to build on the number outdoor activities in the heart of Amherst and encourage everyone to take advantage of the new ice surface and ultimately in Amherst’s goal of being the most active community in Nova Scotia! Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to help maintain the ice surface by bringing their shovels for snow clearing and helping keep the area clean. Updates on conditions, logisitcs  and hours can be found by following @AmherstRecreationDepartment on Facebook.

Maintenance will be provided when conditions are suitable & manpower resources are available. 


  • Please show respect to all skaters and spectators
  • Skating Surface is for skating only
  • No horseplay or tag will be permitted
  • Skating Surface Hours are 10am - 10pm, weather permitting
  • This is a Family-First Tobacco & Alcohol Free Space
  • Food and/or Drink is not permitted on the Ice Surface
  • Use of HELMETS is STRONGLY advised
  • Children should be supervised at all times
  • Offensive Language and/or behaviour is not permitted

To Report Issues/feedback : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-667-6500

Security Concerns:  APD Dispatch - 902-667-8600

Thank you for participating and being part of our healthy and active community. Go Amherst Go!