Friday, February 20, 2015

City of Toronto thanks GFL and MLSE for sponsoring outdoor rinks

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

News Release:  February 20, 2015

City of Toronto thanks GFL and MLSE for sponsoring outdoor rinks

The City of Toronto will receive $200,000 from Green for Life Environmental Inc. (GFL) and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) to keep an additional 12 outdoor ice rinks open – weather permitting – until March 22. Currently, there are 17 rinks open until the end of March Break. Today's sponsorship announcement brings the total number of outdoor rinks that will remain open to 29.

"I am grateful to GFL and MLSE for their generous sponsorship of the outdoor ice rinks," said Mayor John Tory. "This funding will allow the City to continue to operate 29 outdoor skating rinks until March 22. This is a big win for our city and the many children and families who enjoy the great Canadian tradition of a good outdoor skate." 

"GFL and MLSE should be commended for their exemplary corporate citizenship," said Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East). "I'd like to give my thanks to both organizations for sponsoring these community recreational facilities."

The 29 outdoor rinks remaining open:
• Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd.
• Cedarvale Park, 443 Arlington Ave.
• Christie Pits, 779 Crawford Ave. W.
• Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
• Dieppe Park, 455 Cosburn Ave.
• Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St.
• Giovanni Caboto, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
• Glen Long Community Centre, 35 Glen Long Ave.
• Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Ave.
• Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey, 275 Bathurst St.
• High Park, 1873 Bloor St. W.
• Hodgson Public School Grounds, 282 Davisville Ave.
• Humber Valley, 50 Anglesey Blvd.
• Irving W. Chapley Community Centre, 205 Wilmington Ave.
• Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E.
• Ledbury, 160 Ledbury St.
• Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
• Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
• Otter Creek, 140 Cheritan Ave.
• Ramsden, 1020 Yonge St.
• Regent Park South, 591 Dundas St. E.
• Rennie Park, 1 Rennie Ter.
• Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Dr.
• Sunnydale Acres Rink, 50 Amoro Dr.
• Trinity Bellwoods, 790 Queen St. W.
• West Mall Rink, 370 The West Mall
• Withrow, 725 Logan Ave.
• Sir Adam Beck, 10 Orianna Dr.
• Westway, 175 The Westway

The 29 outdoor rinks listed above will continue to offer scheduled leisure skating and shinny hockey. Leisure skating and shinny hockey opportunities are also available at indoor arenas across Toronto. Outdoor rinks not listed above will close for the season on Sunday, February 22.

All children under the age of six must wear a Canadian Standards Association (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.

More information is available at

This news release is available on the City's website:

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Wynna Brown, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6503,

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