Scotiabank, Canadian Tire give $270K to keep 11 more rinks open

Two corporate sponsors have stepped forward to ensure another 11 outdoor rinks that were originally scheduled to close will now remain open until after March Break.

28 rinks across Toronto now open until March 16

Torontonians will have 28 rinks across the city to choose from until March 16.

Two corporate sponsors have stepped forward to ensure another 11 outdoor rinks that were originally scheduled to close will now remain open until after the March school break. 

Scotiabank and Canadian Tire committed a total of $270,000 to keep the 11 rinks operating.

Two-thirds of the city's rinks closed last weekend, leaving only 17 open until March 16.  

But Mayor Rob Ford announced Thursday that a total of 28 rinks would now be open until after March Break thanks to donations from Scotiabank and Canadian Tire. 

"This is fantastic news. It's great for everyone to go out over the March Break and go skating with their family or friends," said Ford. 

Ford said the city had not budgeted for the rinks staying open this long into the winter season.

Scotiabank's chief marketing officer, John Doig, said they were excited to partner with Canadian Tire and encouraged "other companies to join us in helping the City of Toronto keep even more rinks open for families to enjoy."

The complete list of the rinks that will remain open includes:

  • Alexandra Park/ Harry Gairey
  • Broadlands CC
  • Cedarvale AIR
  • Colonel Sam Smith Park
  • Dieppe Park
  • Dufferin Grove Park
  • Giovanni Caboto
  • Glen Long CC
  • Greenwood Park
  • High Park
  • Humber Valley Rink
  • Irving W Chapley CC
  • Kew Gardens
  • Mel Lastman Square
  • Monarch Park
  • Nathan Phillips Square
  • Otter Creek Centre
  • Ramsden Park
  • Regent Park (North Park)
  • Regent Park (South Park)
  • Rennie Park
  • Riverdale Park East
  • Scarborough Civic Centre/Albert Campbell
  • Sir Adam Beck Rink
  • Sunnydale Acres Rink
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • West Mall Rink
  • Westway Outdoor Rink