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New skating trail opens in Toronto

Posted by Lauren Souch / December 21, 2010

Skating Trail TorontoToronto officially opened its first skating trail on December 11th. The 250-metre, figure-eight shaped trail is located at Colonel Sam Smith Park - the grounds of the former Mimico Asylum - at the foot of Kipling Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. West.

The skating trail is connected via walkways to the local trail network, so skaters can easily hike over from a number of nearby parks.

Skating Trail TorontoI stopped by on Sunday to check it out, and the trail was packed with families, couples, and teens enjoying the atmosphere. Lights along the trail allow for night skating, and the refrigerated ice surface means the rink will be open for a long season, even if the weather might not be cooperating.

Skating Trail TorontoSkating is free, and the rink is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, the lack of fences makes it easy to skate at any time on a bright enough night. The Power House Recreation Centre is the main building for the trail, allowing skaters to change from shoes to skates indoors. The trail even has it's own Zamboni, housed in the former power plant, that cleans and smoothes the ice every so often.

Skating Trail TorontoI think the trail is likely to become a local favourite, especially on a clear night - perhaps after-hours - when there's a moon in the sky and (hopefully) not too many other people around.

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pete / December 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I went for a skate there on Saturday morning-its only been open officially for a week and its already turning into a hot spot for skating. A great addition to the community!
Shannon replying to a comment from pete / December 21, 2010 at 01:02 pm
I agree, i love where they put it, and it is easily accessible by transit. win/win for Toronto, we needed something like this for a long time.
qwerty / December 21, 2010 at 01:25 pm
Are there skate rentals or BYOS?
Ryan L. / December 21, 2010 at 01:30 pm
One in the east end please!
Aaron / December 21, 2010 at 02:14 pm
Neato. It'd be nice to see one of these at Cityplace park.

Also, it's nice to see people who look a little differently than the type usually seen on blogTO.
Lauren / December 21, 2010 at 03:09 pm
qwerty- Unfortunately there's no rentals there, so bring your own skates!
Shane / December 22, 2010 at 08:07 am
Great photos. A friend told me about this place. Looks even nicer than I imagined from her description. Can't wait to try it out.
Annie / December 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Haha, i'm the girl in the red hat. My friend found this blog.
But yes, readers, try out the park. It was awesome :)
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