Segregation at Plainsmen Public Arena
On Dec. 30, an Airdrie family decided to hit Plainsmen Arena in the afternoon. A pleasant way to move with the kids and enjoy the holiday season.
The three kids and their parents who use the facility are aware of the simple rules: Helmets to be worn for skaters aged 12 and under and Skate Aid, permitted during parent and tot skating hours.
Thatís where things get tricky. Parent and tot hours are only Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Unfortunately, these are school hours. Also, like most of us as a parent, we work between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., which makes this period unavailable.
For the last three years, our family has been skating during public hours and were tolerated to let the kids use aids. But contrary to what they usually do, the arena operator told us as we walked into the building that Skate Aid was no longer tolerated.
She also added that ďreal Canadians teach their kids to skate before they start attending school during parent and tot hour so they can enjoy public hour without having to deal with people that donít know how to skate.Ē
So now is the question: Are you a real Canadian family or do you just pull your kids out of school to teach them? Or maybe your boss is more open than mine and lets you take the afternoon off to teach your kids how to skate.
Of course, the arena operator told us that the rules didnít apply for the outside rink.
I believe this is segregation. Parent and tot hour should be extended and/or Skate Aids should be tolerated like it used to be.
Steve D., Airdrie