Toronto opened an outdoor ice rink today

Starting today, skaters can enjoy a few laps at public outdoor ice rinks in Toronto.

This city started it Welcome to the Winter program today and will open 52 outdoor ice rinks across the city over the next two weeks.

Thirty-eight ice rinks will open today and operate until March 19, 2023, and another 14 ice rinks will open on December 3 and operate until February 26, 2023.

The ice skating rinks at Dufferin Grove Park and Ledbury Park will open once the capital construction work is complete.

The outdoor arena will operate from 10 am to 10 pm

Skaters are encouraged to check the status of the ice rink before heading out city ​​website.

Additionally, a natural ice rink will open in January 2023, weather permitting.

“We want people to be able to enjoy our parks and other outdoor spaces as much as possible all year round. This year, there are many exciting winter activities for residents to enjoy including a skate ramp, toboggan hill, outdoor rink, and more,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement Thursday.

As part of this year’s Welcome TO Winter program, the city is also introducing a ringette pilot program at six locations.

“Participants aged six and over can drop in and try their hand at the exciting sport that is fast gaining popularity. Ringette is a non-contact sport played on an ice rink with ringette rings and ringette sticks,” the city said in a Nov. 25 news release.

Pre-registration is not required for this activity and participants can borrow equipment from select locations from early December.

This year, the city also offers 29 women’s hockey locations with special time slots.

More information about skating and ice programming can be found on the city’s website.

To help residents learn to skate, the city is also launching a new cell phone Skate Lending Library This year.

In partnership with the Desjardins Group, the library will provide:

  • 150 skate aids, including two accessible skate aids

  • 60 pairs of skates and 60 helmets were added to the town’s skate lending library

  • Custom and custom vans that will travel to various locations

The lending library is free and no reservation is required.

In addition to the ice skating rinks, many of the city’s park facilities will remain open throughout the winter, including more than 1,500 parks, 28 sled hills, 54 artificial outdoor ice rinks and ice skating trails, and skiing and snowboarding at the Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre.

The 56th Light Cavalcade also starting today at Nathan Phillips Square until January 7, 2023. A special family-friendly program will start today at 3pm and run until 11pm, and the tree and lighting ceremony will take place at 8.30pm

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