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City of Toronto opens 40 outdoor ice rinks including Nathan Phillips Square

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City will open more than 50 outdoor ice rinks and skating trails

On Saturday November 25, the City of Toronto brought back by its popular Welcome TO Winter program by opening 40 outdoor ice rinks including Nathan Phillips Square.

Over the next two weeks (by December 2), the City will open more than 50 outdoor ice rinks and skating trails, offering family favourite activities including free public leisure and figure skating, shinny, ringette, instructional programs and permits for a fee.

The artificial ice rinks are expected to operate until March 17, 2024. Remaining rinks are expected to open on December 2 and operate until February 25, 2024. As weather fluctuates, skaters are encouraged to check the status of their local rink before heading out on the City’s website. Outdoor rinks operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.

Check the schedule, rink status and locations at http://toronto.ca/skate

The Skate Lending Library is back

The City is once again partnering with Desjardins Group to make it easy and fun for more residents and families to learn how to skate by providing access to skates, helmets and skate aids.

Together, the City and Desjardins Group offer a mobile Skate Lending Library at a select number of outdoor ice rinks, which supports residents and families who are learning to skate by providing access to skates, helmets and skate aids. It includes:

  • 150 skate aids that support the user and helps them maintain their balance as they skate
  • 85 pairs of skates and helmets
  • A dedicated, customized truck that will travel to different locations across the City.

The program is free and no reservations are required. More information about the program and skate lending locations is available on the Skate Lending Library webpage.

Accessibility at City-operated rinks

The City is continually improving accessibility at its facilities including during the winter season. Sledges – an adaptive device that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate – can be made available to the public for use during leisure skate programs at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

Sledges can be booked 10 days in advance by contacting the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Services Hotline at 416-395-6128 or by emailing aiscw@toronto.ca. Additionally, individuals using manual or powered wheelchairs are welcome on the ice during leisure skate times. Check in with on-site staff to learn how to safely access the ice.

Welcome TO Winter activities

Welcome TO Winter is a season-long activation of outdoor fun and amenities that invites residents to embrace the cold by staying active and enjoying parks throughout the winter. Activities include:

  • More than 1,500 parks, with 270 km of paths and roads cleared of snow
  • 28 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto
  • More than 50 artificial outdoor ice rinks and skate trail
  • Seven snow loops for walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at four of the City’s golf courses
  • Skiing and snowboarding at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, 4169 Bathurst St., from January to March (weather and snowfall permitting)
  • Public washrooms at more than 100 park locations available through the winter months including 61 park washrooms, 45 outdoor rink washrooms and 44 locations with portable toilets. Residents are encouraged to check the Park & Recreation Washrooms & Drinking Water webpage to find the closest available park washroom.
  • Designated outdoor fire pits and bake ovens that can be booked in advance
  • Outdoor sports courts including 50 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis (please note snow is not cleared from courts)
  • Seven disc golf locations
  • Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories will remain open every day for residents to enjoy a floral paradise during winter.

Residents can learn more at the City’s Welcome TO Winter webpage.

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