Regina could be home to fewer skating rinks in the near future as the city looks to close underused outdoor ice surfaces.

Chris Holden, the city's director of community services, says the aim is to redistribute funding from sites that see only a small number of skaters to those that are well-used in the winter.

"If we had fewer sites, we could provide better quality," Holden said.

He says part of the plan is to provide more grant money to the community groups that supervise the outdoor rinks.

No outdoor rinks are slated to be closed this winter. Holden says the city will be keeping tabs on the number of skaters at each rink this season, and will consult with community groups and the public before any closures are proposed.

The city currently operates 42 outdoor ice rinks.