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Hello Ice Skaters,
We will begin the 2017/2018 Friday Night Ice Skating program at York Mills arena on Nov. 17 and 24. Fred Lee your ice skating coordinator will host Nov. 17 and Terry Walsh (Wednesday night ride coordinator) will host Nov. 24. And after that will be at an outdoor rink as city outdoor rinks open Nov. 26. York Mills arena is located at 2539 Bayview Ave. (southeast corner of York Mills Rd. and Bayview Ave. Getting there by ttc, subway to York Mills and take York Mills 122 or 95 bus and get off at Bayview or a Bayview 11 bus and get off at York Mills Rd. There is lots of parking for those driving. The public skating hours at this rink are from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Ice is cleaned at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. We usually skate till about 8:15 and then go for a late dinner. Unfortunately our favorite apre's (Richtree) across from the arena has closed we'll need to car pool to a restaurant close by. I can take 6 in my van. Let me know if you can give a ride or need a ride and I'll match up drivers and passengers.
For those first timers to Friday Night Ice Skating, you do not need a tbn membership to participate as we skate on public rinks. This is not an athletic event but a social one. All levels of skaters from non skaters and beginners are welcomed. "Non Skaters"? Sometimes we have had more people at the apre's than on the ice, once we know the venue the skaters call their friends and the more the merrier. Like all events in the Toronto Bicycling Network we rely on volunteers. There are usually 18 dates from mid November to mid March and I have shown up at 12 or more dates. The dates I can't make it a volunteer has hosted the skate. Last June I moved to Newmarket so I will only be able to host Jan. 5 and March 16 next. The other 15 dates will be hosted by Arun Parti, Catherine Whitfield, Elena Balland, George Witte, Jane Sauder, Julie Postil, Lesley Stevens, Neale Hunt, Susan Bishop and Terry Walsh. Some of the rinks we'll go to will be; Greenwood, Regent Park, Harbour Front Centre, High Park, Richmond Green, Mel Lastman Square, City Hall, Christie Pits, The Bentway, Col. Sam Smith, Cosburn, Withrow Park etc. So lets get those blades sharpened and see you on the ice!
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