Outdoor skating season is here

Mayor John Tory recently helped launch the City of Toronto outdoor skating season at the newly upgraded Ramsden Park rink.

Most of the city’s 54 outdoor skating rinks also opened November 30, including Nathan Phillips Square rink. The rinks will be open daily into March 2020.

The Nathan Phillips Square rink will offer extensive weekly free programming, in addition to regular free leisure skating until March 22. New programs include:

  • Guide your Glide – Learn to skate from a city instructor every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • DJ Skate Weekends – A different DJ every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday Fun Day – Family games and songs on and off the ice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Lunchtime Skate – Weekday lunch hour skate with music from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The city will continue opening skating rinks on December 7, including the new Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail at College Park, which will officially open at an afternoon event organized by the Downtown Yonge BIA (more information at https://downtownyonge.com/events/166/).

Both the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail and a new skating rink at Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ (Etta-nonna wasti-nuh) Park at 80 McMahon Dr. opened to the public on November 30.

Three revitalized outdoor rinks at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Ave. W.), Ramsden Park (1020 Yonge St.) and Westgrove Park (15 Redgrave Dr.) will also be open for the season.

Each year, there are more than 750,000 visits to the city’s outdoor rinks. The city spends approximately $6.2 million to operate outdoor rinks across Toronto each year.

For more information on the city’s skating and hockey options and locations visit https://www.toronto.ca/skate.


Photo: Skaters hit the ice at Nathan Phillips Square.

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