City of Toronto opening 35 outdoor rinks this weekend

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City of Toronto opening 35 outdoor rinks this weekend

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The City of Toronto is opening 35 outdoor rinks on Saturday, November 28, including Nathan Phillips Square, the covered rink and skating path at Greenwood Park, the 250-metre ice-skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park and the landscaped skating paths at Dieppe Park and Rennie Park. It’s time for Torontonians to lace up their skates and enjoy an outdoor skating season.

Weather permitting, the 35 outdoor rinks will operate until the season ends on March 20. The remaining 15 rinks will open Saturday, December 5 and operate until February 28.

More information about Toronto’s outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/outdoor-rinks.

The City also operates leisure skate programs at a number of indoor arenas. For a full listing, visit: http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/indoor-rinks/index.htm.

City of Toronto skating programs include:

  • hockey skills, power skate
  • learn-to-skate for adults and children
  • scheduled public skates and shinny, including programs for adults, caregivers with children, children, women and more.

All children under the age of six must wear a Canadian Standards Association (CSA)-approved hockey helmet on the ice. Helmets are also mandatory for people of all ages participating in supervised shinny hockey and learn-to-skate programs.

Media activity at designated rinks

In order to facilitate media access and simplify approval processes, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff have designated three locations for media wishing to film or photograph outdoor rinks.

Prior to visiting one of the designated locations listed below for media coverage, media outlets should contact the Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line at 416-560-8726 and/or pfrmedialine@toronto.ca.

At the rink, staff will make people aware of the presence of media before the commencement of filming or photography. Close-up shots of participants are not allowed without the subjects’ permission.

The following three rink locations have media support in place, and it is preferred that the media use these sites where possible:

  • Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (near Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West)
  • Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd. (near Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West)
  • Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave. (north of Dundas Street East)
  • Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. (Bay St. and Queen St.)

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.