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Toronto ice rinks start to close in midst of deep chill

It might be minus 20 Celsius outside, but a host of Toronto's outdoor skating rinks are slated to close this weekend. 35 rinks in total will shut down this weekend, while the remaining rinks are slated to close March 22. On occasion, corporate sponsorships allow for the extension of rink openings, though none have been announced thus far.

Despite the cold weather, it's essentially a numbers game. The city's budget is tight, and demand for outdoor ice wanes as the season goes on. It's not really possible to know at the outset of winter that the city will be at its coldest when so many rinks are scheduled to cease operations.

On the bright side, there will still be lots of rinks left in service for another month. And, given the cold spell, Toronto's natural ice rinks, ponds, and the harbour are in top shape. Below is a list of rinks that will lock up on February 22. Check the City of Toronto website for information about which rinks are still open after this weekend.

  • Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey
  • Buttonwood Park
  • Campbell Ave. Playground
  • Christie Pits
  • Giovanni Caboto
  • High Park
  • Humber Valley Rink
  • Jimmie Simpson Park
  • Joseph Bannon Park
  • Lambton-Kingsway Rink
  • Ledbury Park
  • Monarch Park
  • North Toronto Memorial CRC/Eglinton Park
  • Otter Creek Centre
  • Prince of Wales Rink
  • Queensway Rink
  • Ramsden Park
  • Regent Park (North)
  • Rivercrest Rink
  • Riverdale Park East
  • Rosedale Park
  • Royalcrest Rink
  • Ryerson Community Park
  • Sherbourne Common
  • Sir Adam Beck Rink
  • Summerlea Rink
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • Valleyfield Park
  • Van Horne Park/Pleasantview Rink
  • Wallace Emerson Park
  • Wedgewood Park
  • West Deane Park/Martingrove
  • Westgrove Rink
  • Westway Outdoor Rink
  • Withrow Park

Photo by Michael Monastyrskyj


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