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Toronto opens new skating trail in the heart of downtown


The City of Toronto along with local dignitaries officially declared its newest state-of-the-art skating trail open on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

The Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail is named after the only Canadian to win the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal, who also received the Lou Marsh Trophy three times as Canadian athlete of the year.

The five-metre-wide trail, designed to be a walking loop in summer, is the first exterior skating path in North America to incorporate state-of-the-art carbon dioxide technology in its refrigeration system. This environmentally friendly technology is natural, non-toxic and non-flammable, with no net greenhouse gas effect. 

Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail opening day festivities included a performance from Glisse on Ice.
photo by @TorontoPFR, PFR Partnerships Toronto Twitter

Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 11 University-Rosedale) and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13 Toronto Centre) were joined by Mark Garner, Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA, on Saturday to officially open the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail at College Park in downtown Toronto. 

“This ice-skating trail turns College Park into a destination that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Families can come out and experience this skating trail that takes an environmentally-friendly approach to a winter activity that is cherished by so many,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. 

Enjoying the new Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail at College Park. photo by Daisy Lankstead

“For residents and visitors alike, this ice trail and College Park are exceptional amenities that help make Toronto’s downtown more liveable and enjoyable,” added Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

Barbara Ann Skate Trail, photo by Daisy Lankstead

Adjacent to the trail, an architectural construction of wood, glass and stainless steel has been designed as the new rink house/warming station/Zamboni station. Additional park features include a water fountain and large frog sculptures. 

“The College Park opening has demonstrated the value of common vision and collaboration between the City, the BIA, our membership and the community, bringing a much needed asset to life for this neighbourhood,” said Mark Garner. CEO and executive director of the Downtown Yonge BIA.

Funding for the College Park redevelopment was secured through Canderel Stoneridge, with additional funding provided by the City of Toronto. The College Park redevelopment project is the result of the City collaborating with partners including the Downtown Yonge BIA, MBTW Group/Watchorn Architect and Project for Public Spaces. 

Barbara Ann Scott Skate Trail at College Park, photo by Daisy Lankstead

“College Park is now an exciting location for all through all seasons due to the exceptional partnership between the City, the Downtown Yonge BIA and many others,”  commented Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton.

Barbara Ann Scott, photo by wiki commons

Barbara Ann Scott won Olympic gold at the 1948 Winter games held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She was born in Ottawa in 1928 and passed away in 2012 at the age of 84.

by Terry Lankstead

lead photo by @DowntownYonge, Downtown Yonge BIA Twitter

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