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February 10, 2010
City providing opportunities for fun at recreation and historic sites on Family Day
The City of Toronto encourages local residents to make the most of Family Day on Monday, February 15 by taking advantage of the recreational activities offered by the City. Many recreation and heritage facilities will be open. Details follow.

Leisure skating and casual "shinny" hockey will be offered at the City's outdoor rinks on Family Day. The outdoor rinks will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and selected indoor arenas will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Indoor ice permits will run from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight. All regular Monday skating programs will not be held on Family Day. Residents can call 311 or check online for details about their local rink or arena at

Shinny hockey at the outdoor rinks will be available for a variety of ages and groups. Approved hockey helmets are mandatory for shinny, and padded gloves and other protective equipment are recommended.

People who would rather be poolside than outdoors on Family Day can make a splash and enjoy leisure swim at the following City pools across Toronto (listed by district below):
- Etobicoke York District: The Elms Pool; Etobicoke Olympium; Memorial Pool (all three will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on February 15)
- North York District: Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre (2 to 5 p.m.) and Leaside Memorial Gardens (3 to 6 p.m.)
- Scarborough District: Agincourt Recreation Centre and Centennial Recreation Centre (both operating from 2 to 5 p.m.)
- Toronto/East York District: Mary McCormick Recreation Centre; St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre; East York Community Centre (all three will be open from 2 to 5 p.m.)

For more information, residents can call 311, contact their local pool directly, or check online at

Skiing and snowboarding
The Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park) and the Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (256 Centennial Park Rd.) will be open on Family Day. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Both ski and snowboard centres will offer lessons, but regularly scheduled programs will not be running. Helmets are required when participating in the programs and lessons. The City encourages all skiers and boarders to wear helmets.

Information for both centres is available by phoning 416-33-TO-SKI (416-338-6754) or visiting the web page at

Signs will be posted at recreation facilities in advance to advise users of any programming changes on February 15. You can also check online at

Riverdale Farm
The many farm animals at Riverdale Park (in the Cabbagetown community) are waiting to see you on Family Day. In addition, visitors can read by the fireplace, play board games, try quilting, warm up with hot chocolate, check out community museum displays and visit the gift shop. Admission to the farm is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5.p.m. For more information, call 416-392-6794 or check the website at

Discovery Walks
Residents and visitors can explore the city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and its cultural and historical attractions. Brochures and maps are available at civic centres or can be viewed online at

Historic sites
Three of the City’s historic sites - Fort York, Gibson House and Scarborough Museum -- will be open on Family Day, with family-friendly programming February 15.
- Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd., will offer tours of the fort and presentations about Toronto's beginnings. Regular admission; free parking; open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gibson House, 5172 Yonge St., will offer a hands-on activities and treats noon to 4:30 p.m.
- Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd., will extend its weekend Family Days activities into Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Admission is “pay what you can.”
More details about museum programming:

The Toronto Zoo will be open on Family Day. Details:

The City’s childcare centres will be closed on Family Day. Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board schools will also be closed, as will the Toronto Public Library and all its local branches.

City Hall, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Metro Hall, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre and York Civic Centre will be closed on Family Day.

The TTC will provide holiday service on most of its routes February 15. The website at provides details.

For those driving a motor vehicle, regular weekday traffic regulations as posted on traffic signs will be in effect on Monday, February 15.

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:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,



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