A magical new Toronto amenity will be here just in time for winter, 2018. The finishing touches are being added to College Park’s well-needed makeover. I've got one question: who’s up for skating in a winter wonderland?
The park which was originally constructed in the 1980s is located at College and Yonge. For some time now, it’s really been nothing much more than a concrete eyesore. The two-acre area has slowly been getting a well-overdue revamp since early 2016.
Originally, the park featured a skating rink named after Canadian Olympic and world skating champion, Barbara Ann Scott. However, in 2012 coincidentally months after the athlete’s death (ouch), The City of Toronto decided to scrap it. The decision came after it was recognized that the dungy old park needed a refresh.
The $5.2 million rebuild project was initially set to feature a summertime reflecting pool which would turn into a skating rink in the wintertime. However, plans changed and I have to say, the new idea is so much better. Rather than a rink, the park is going to be featuring a brand new skating trail.
The trail will again be named after Scott (good save, Toronto). To go with the skating trail will be a service center complete with a warming area where skaters can get their gear on and lace up their blades. Pedestrians will have connecting pathways to the park between Yonge, Gerrard, and Bay streets.
Photos of what the future trail is going to look like are absolutely gorgeous. It’s sure to be the scene of some merry moments this winter. Move over Nathan Phillips Square, there’s a new rink in town.
Source: Urban Toronto