Update on Winter Parks Programs

Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, The City is cancelling all planned 2020 holiday CampTO camps and winter instructional programs, including Learn-to-Skate and Instructional Ski. Registrants will automatically receive a refund, and can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca with any questions they may have.

Skating at Mel Lastman Square

While organized programming may not be running, the City is still keeping parks and amenities like skating at Mel Lastman Square open. If you’d like to go skating, you should be aware that the City has increased restrictions due to COVID-19 since the rink opened in late November. As a gentle reminder:

  1. There is a limit of 25 skaters at one time

  2. Skaters must stay 2 metres away from anyone outside their household

  3. John has arranged for the washrooms inside the North York Civic Centre to be open during skate times, although the building itself remains closed

  4. To keep people safe, there is no indoor area to put on skates or store boots

Although booking a time is encouraged, 5 of the spots for each skate time are being held for walk-ons just show up and are willing to wait. You can reserve a time online here, and up to date information on ice conditions is available at Toronto.ca/skate.

Other activities

If skating isn’t your thing, you might want to consider some of these other options to keep you and your family active this winter:

  1. While you may have a favourite local hill to sled on, Toronto will have 23 official toboggan hills open across the city. The closest hill to Willowdale is at Graydon Hall Park at Don Mills and the 401, but be sure to take a look at the list and find a hill that’s convenient for you.

  2. We are opening up the city’s golf courses, including Don Valley Golf Course for walking and snowshoeing. Trails range in distance from 1 kilometre to 2.5 kilometres.

  3. The City is keeping its six disc-golf locations open through the winter, including the newest at Scarlett Woods Golf Course.

To read more about everything that the City will have open this winter so you can enjoy the outdoors safely, visit the Welcome T.O. Winter plan webpage.