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November 22, 2007
Outdoor rinks getting ready for winter
The City of Toronto’s 49 outdoor artificial ice rinks will start to open for the season, beginning this Saturday, November 24 with the opening of the Nathan Phillips Square rink, which coincides with the Cavalcade of Lights kick-off. All other ice rinks will open on the following dates, weather permitting:

Albert Campbell Square, Dufferin Grove, Mel Lastman Square and Rennie Park: December 1
All other outdoor ice rinks: December 8

Outdoor artificial rinks are operated by the City of Toronto for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Seasonal opening and closing dates, and operating schedules vary at each site according to the rink classification, location, weather conditions and capacity.

To find out about operating schedules for all outdoor artificial rinks for the 2007-2008 season call 416-338-RINK (7465) or visit:

Arenas operated by Parks, Forestry and Recreation offer leisure skating opportunities across the city. The Leisure Skate brochure is being delivered to arenas and rinks this week and next. Information is also available at

Parks, Forestry and Recreation also offers instructional skating programs for beginners and more accomplished skaters alike. For more information pick up a Toronto Fun Guide at local community centres or visit

Indoor arenas have some extra ice time available for one-time rentals and special events. Ice rates and availability are subject to change. To learn more about ice rates, ice time categories and definitions, indoor rink listings and available ice time visit:

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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