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Long life in store for CityPlace skating season with ice chiller in place for first time

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Sharpen those blades, the outdoor CityPlace skating rink is open again, and its life is expected to last a little longer than years past.

During last year’s warm winter, the rink saw a bumpy start since the ice couldn’t stay frozen. This year, there is a chiller system in place, allowing the rink to stay open longer.

The City of Toronto coordinated both seating and lighting and again secured the permit for the rink in Canoe Landing Park.

The rink opens Saturday, December 16, at 9 a.m.

If you’re an early bird, you can get your workout in starting at 9 a.m. every day. Then the rink will stay open all the way until 10:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The rink will have time slots for a free skate, children’s pick up hockey, and adult hockey.

“We are excited to follow (last year’s) momentum as the CityPlace rink is back this season,” Andrea McKittrick, Concord Adex Development’s assistant manager of commercial leasing said.

Like last year, the rink will be the venue for various events as well. The information for those will be posted on the CityPlace Fort York BIA Facebook page.

What started as an initiative among a couple of CityPlace dads, the rink is now a coordinated effort. The members of the CityPlace Fort York Business Improvement Association worked on getting the rink back up in gear this year, with efforts coordinated by local businesses. Concord is the presenting sponsor of the rink.

Diana Pereira

Diana Pereira is a journalist, a university journalism teacher, a world traveller, a fair-weather kayaker, and a frequent bruncher. She's working on her mermaid status, travelling to as many countries as she can that include a body of water and when she's home in Toronto, you can find her in a kayak on Lake Ontario.