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Greenwood Rink (Toronto)

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East end now has a skating trail!

Greenwood Park, a large park at the corner of Greenwood and Dundas East, boasts a very cool skating trail and a covered outdoor rink, unique in Toronto. Both additions were launched in November 2013. I visited the place on a grey Sunday afternoon in mid-January and it was lively with a mix of happy families, unsteady preschoolers, proud dads coaching their kids and real pros zigzagging amidst the crowd. The covered rink is impressive. The roof will extend the hockey season, preventing the rain from ruining the ice and the sun from melting it prematurely. (No time slot for leisure skating is scheduled for the covered rink. Check this link for Shinny times for different age groups.

The skating loop trail is approximately 200-metre long, fenceless, and runs around a landscape area where visitors stand to take a break. Its east side is bordered with a rubber pad, for an easy entrance. It is maintained with a Zamboni. There's a big indoor changing room with washrooms but they don't offer rental nor sharpening services.

What Greenwood Park offers is a great combo for those who'd like to do some tobogganing as well as skating thanks to a small slope, steep enough to challenge the kids but short enough not to take forever to climb back. Click here to see last year's photo gallery of the park and surroundings. (If you want to learn more about the little guy's statue on the bench... and weep, read this post.)

The skating trail adjacent to the covered rink
Impressive covered rink
Great combo skating/tobogganing
Cool mural by the park

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