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December 2, 2011
Time to lace up for Toronto's outdoor rink program
Lace up your skates! Beginning tomorrow, December 3, Toronto's outdoor rink program will be in full swing, offering a wide range of free leisure skate and shinny hockey programs for all ages.

Weather permitting, the City of Toronto's outdoor rink program will operate until February 26, with an extended season at a number of locations until March 11.

Toronto's 51 outdoor rinks are compressor-cooled, which makes it possible for them to operate in a range of weather conditions. Ice quality may vary according to the outside temperature and precipitation, and closures during the skating season are sometimes necessary - especially when there is heavy snowfall.

Don't forget about head protection. All children under the age of six must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet on the ice. Helmets are also mandatory for people of all ages participating in supervised shinny hockey and learn-to-skate programs.

More information about Toronto's outdoor artificial ice rinks, including a map of rink locations, schedules for each location, closures, learn-to-skate programs and helmet/equipment requirements, is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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