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Toronto introduces winter parks plan, will open outdoor skating rinks this weekend

Last Updated Nov 25, 2020 at 4:49 pm EST

Torontonians are being encouraged to stay active during the colder months and they're getting some help from the city. Maxim Shklyaev

A little outdoor winter activity never hurt anyone, especially during a pandemic.

Mayor John Tory announced a city-wide plan to encourage people to stay active during the colder months.

“23 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto, eight new snow loops for walking and snow-shooing at the city’s five golf courses with the loops ranging from one to two-and-a-half kilometres,” Tory said on Wednesday.

As part of what the city called “Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan“, all 54 of the city’s outdoor ice rinks with start opening this weekend but reservations are required and there is a maximum of 25 people allowed at a time.

The nets will stay up at 57 outdoor tennis courts and High Park will continue to be car free on the weekends.

The following parks amenities will remain open this winter:

  • More than 800 playgrounds and 30 parks with outdoor fitness equipment
  • Outdoor sport courts, including 57 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis
  • 70 outdoor table tennis and 60 chess tables
  • 68 dog off-leash areas
  • The City will more than double its supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143 as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19
  • The archery range in E.T. Seton Park

 

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 at city outdoor ice rinks, health officials are encouraging participants to maintain a physical distance of six metres from people other than their household members.

The city is also strongly recommending that masks or cloth face coverings be worn on and off the ice surface and masks are mandatory while waiting in line.

Leisure skate times will run in 45-minute sessions and skating on the City’s outdoor ice rinks is only permitted during supervised hours.

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