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August 27, 2010
City ski and snowboard centres to open for 2010-11 season
  
Toronto City Council has endorsed a plan for the Parks, Forestry and Recreation division to operate the Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre and the North York Ski and Snowboard Centre for the 2010-11 winter season.

“The City’s ski and snowboard centres provide affordable and accessible opportunities for residents to participate in a sport that might otherwise but out-of-reach for many Torontonians,” said Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. "I am very pleased that the City will continue operation of these services this season.”

Following the City’s budget deliberations in April 2010, a Request for Proposals was issued for the operation of the ski hills by a private operator. A qualified respondent for this season could not be secured.

The City’s Executive Committee brought forward a motion August 16 to reinstate $600,000 in funding for the operation of the ski and snowboard centres this season in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation division’s operating budget. Council’s approval August 26 means that Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (256 Centennial Park Rd.) and North York Ski and Snowboard centre (4169 Bathurst St.) will operate, business as usual, for the 2010-2011 season.

As in past seasons, both facilities will open mid-December (weather permitting) and will close mid-March. Program listings and operating information will be available on line at http://www.toronto.ca/ski beginning September 1. The facilities offer snowboard and downhill skiing equipment rentals and instructional programs for people of all ages, including private lessons. Registration for programs and lessons at Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre will begins at 7 a.m. on September 11 and registration for the North York Centre will begin at 7 a.m. on September 14.

Participants can register online at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or by calling 311.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726, pfrmedialine@toronto.ca





 

 

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