Opening Day at the College Park Skating Rink

The grand opening for the skating rink at College Park, or more officially known as the Barbara Ann Scott Park, happened on Sat, Dec 7, 2019. The outdoor skating rink is located at Yonge and College behind the College Park shops and it is one of the city’s 54 outdoor skating rinks that you can enjoy completely for free. The event was hosted by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and it was well-attended by many including the Executive Director of the Downtown Yonge BIA Mark Garner, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13 Toronto Centre), Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 11 University-Rosedale), and General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation Janie Romoff. The revitalization is funded by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, RAW Design, Project for Public Spaces, and MBTW Group/Watchorn Architect.

The entertainment included a performance by Glisse on Ice, Brant Matthews (“The Fire Guy”), stilt-walkers, and ice sculpture games. Passerbys enjoyed free maple taffy sticks that were freshly rolled on snow and also coffee and treats from local Starbucks! I have an intimate connection with this event because I actually worked on opening day to hand out coffee and treats. It was freezing, but worth it to be a part of this day. 🙂

The beautiful, smooth trail is part of a larger revitalization of the park which includes new green space, a children’s play area, and fountains that run in the summer. The skating rink is a fantastic addition to the area and it’ll entice people to stay active outdoors all year long! All of the city’s outdoor rinks opened in late November and will run until March (daily hours are 9am to 10pm, dependant on trail conditions).

Check out some photos below from the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail opening at College Park.

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A serene evening shot of the newly opened College Park skating rink

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Skaters enjoying the opening day! (Photo by Patrick Gurges)

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The zamboni is housed in the pavilion, a.k.a. the “Jewel Box of the Park” (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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A holiday photo-op with your very own winter throne (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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Action shot of a winter royal on stilts (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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This child is enchanted I’m sure! (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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“Hello! Can I interest you in free coffee or cookies?!” – Yours Truly (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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Maple treats being prepared on an ice sculpture and fresh snow (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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This is probably the most expensive but coolest winter game I’ve ever seen. This “Winter Fun Ring Toss” featuring fish, a penguin and a polar bear is amazing! (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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Thank you Downtown Yonge BIA for a great event! #YongeLove (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

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A full view of the Barbara Ann Scott Skating Trail (Photo: Patrick Gurges)

Will you be visiting this skating rink? Let me know in the comments below!

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