Tuesday, November 19, 2013

@HarbourfrontTO Natrel Rink

Winter's cold can be tamed with a refreshing skate around an outdoor rink in #Toronto -  and there are plenty to choose from. Down by the lake is the Natrel Rink which started making ice in early November and opened November 16. Warm weekend weather melted a lot of the ice but you could still see the lines where skates have passed by. The City is still working on the rink at City Hall, usually it is finished just ahead of the Cavalcade of Lights which is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, 2013.
"Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits. The Natrel® Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside Local Bar & Grill. Best of all – skating is FREE!"

See the City's media release about outdoor rinks after the jump.

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

November 22, 2013

Many of Toronto's outdoor rinks open this weekend

The City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division (PFR) is opening 14 rinks tomorrow, including at Nathan Phillips Square and the new, covered rink and skating path at Greenwood Park. Residents and visitors can lace up and enjoy one of Canada's great winter activities.

Toronto’s skating programs offered by PFR include:
- hockey skills/power skate
- learn-to-skate for adults and children
- scheduled public skates and shinny, including adult, all-ages, caregiver and child, child, women, and more.

PFR's outdoor rinks provide a great opportunity for residents to lace up for a skate at their own pace, or they can join in a game of shinny. Check out http://www.toronto.ca/parks/skating for a list of locations, opening times and skate times.

Please be safe. 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.

The City's outdoor rinks are compressor cooled, which makes it possible for them to operate in a range of weather conditions. Weather and resources are the two main factors that decide when and how long the outdoor rinks can stay open.

Generally, PFR needs three consecutive days of temperatures that are below five degrees Celsius to make and maintain the ice. Without weather that's cold enough, the compressors can't keep the ice frozen throughout the day creating dangerous conditions such as exposed concrete.

Closures during the skating season are sometimes necessary due to unseasonably warm temperatures or following a heavy snowfall. The rinks are cared for by staff teams that circulate through the city every day. To check on ice availability after a major weather event, please call 311.

The 14 rinks that open tomorrow will stay open until after the March Break. The City's other outdoor rinks will open on November 30 and remain open until February 23. Albert Campbell Square's rink will open later than the others this year because of mechanical work there.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 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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