We can not run our usual ice skating program this season but the Out-door rinks are open, weather permitting. The public Out-door rinks opened on Saturday, November 28/20 and will close on Sunday, March 21/21.
The city of Toronto would like people to register before arriving at the rink. To register , first google, "Register for Recreation Programs - City of Toronto" to find the instructions on how to obtain your Family pin number and a client number for each person in the household. You can either fill out a form and email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" or phone at 416-396-7378.
Once you have the required numbers, go to "efun.toronto.ca", Log in, click on "Find Programs". It will will open up, look on the left side for a list with pictures, and click on "Reservations" (not "Skating"). Now click on "Skate". On the right side under "Program Listing", you will find the rink locations. Also, on the bottom left side under "Advanced Search", you can enter the date or day of the week that you are interested in. Play around on the screen to find your rink choice and time slot. NOTE - You can only sign up for one time slot per day.
Once at the rink, check-in with the attendant. Each rink has 25 spaces per rink, most rinks have 20 for advance registration and 5 for drop-ins.
The change rooms are closed. Toronto has opened more washrooms for this winter. The list can be found on the "Toronto Out-door Rinks" on the left side near the top above the rink lists.
The In-door arenas may be opened again later in the season. Some of the arenas have free public and senior skate times, such as, East York Memorial or York Mills. Toronto has a list of the In-door arenas.
Ice skating is the only activity that does not require a TBN membership.
NOTE - Harbourfront rink will be closed for this season for replacement of the rink after 37 years.
Here are some of the rinks we have visited: Withrow Park, Kew Gardens, Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall), Colonel Sam Smith Park Trail, Greenwood Park Trail, Richmond Green Trail, Mel Lastman Square, Christie Pits, Dufferin Grove Park, Giovanni Caboto, Don Mills Shopping Centre, Harry Gairey, Rennie Park, Bentway Trail, Gage Park Trail, College Park Trail, and Reagent Park.
Please get out to enjoy the fresh air and exercise.
Catherine Whitfield, Ice Skating Coordinator
Upcoming skating events