A new skating program focusing on creating a sensory-friendly environment is being introduced in Lethbridge.
The City of Lethbridge they will be opening two Ability Skate times in the public skating schedule specifically designed for residents with disabilities or sensory issues. The skate will be slower-paced, with no loud music, and the lights will be dimmed. The skating sessions will also allow residents who need them to bring a mobility device such as a wheelchair or walker on the ice; but they will need to be cleaned at the cleaning station provided beforehand.
According to the city, the the sensory accessible skate idea was brought forward to the Recreation and Culture staff at the Community Conversation event. The two Ability Skate sessions will be free of charge and held at the Civic Ice Arena on Sundays from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with the first one being held on Sunday, December 3rd.