Friday night skating is the only activity that does not require TBN membership as public rinks are used so bring non-members to join in the fun and encourage them to become members. All levels of ability are welcome, from beginners to seasoned veterans, as the idea is to come out, meet people and have fun.
Skating is typically on outdoor rinks, weather permitting, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, followed by dinner at a local eatery or a pot luck dinner that is graciously hosted by some of the skaters; a tradition that I hope will continue for years to come. Often there are more people at the ‘après’ than at the skating! The evening normally ends around 10:00 pm.
As skating outdoors is very dependent on ‘Mother Nature’, skating is sometimes indoors at the start and end of the season around mid-March. There is skating every Friday night in the season and the website is updated every Saturday for the next skating venue. The season will end at York Mills arena mid March and again if we get a cold snap, the season will get extended 1 week.
Some of the rinks visited are: Withrow Park, Kew Gardens, Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall), Colonel Sam Smith Park, Parkdale, Greenwood Park, Richmond Green skating trail, Cedarena, Mel Lastman Square, Christie Pits, Gage Park, Dufferin Grove Park, Giovanni Caboto, Cosburn, Don Mills Shopping Centre, Harry Gairey and obviously there will be a few repeats. However, if there are other rinks not mentioned here that you would like to go to then please speak up. Some rinks such as Cedarena, Richmond Green and Gage Park will require car pooling so I will coordinate same; plus I have a van that can take six passengers.
If there are any hockey players out there, my church has shinny at Cummer Park Community Centre from 11:00 to midnight; it is full equipment and only ten bucks so speak to me if interested. Men and women are welcome for shinny so get those skates sharpened and see you on the ice!
For more information, please contact Catherine Whitfield, Ice Skating Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org