Toronto's Long Awaited Ice Skating Trail Is Finally Open At College Park
If skating at Nathan Phillips Square is too mainstream for you, you can be unique and skate on a new ice trail in Toronto now. The Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail in College Park is now open and it's a winter wonderland. You can glide along this ice trail in the shadow of skyscrapers during the winter.
As of December 7, the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail is officially open for everyone to enjoy and take part in a classic winter activity.
In the winter, College Park transforms and the brand new skating rink, which is downtown Toronto's first oval-shaped trail, is open for festive fun.
Along with the winter trail, a 1,500-square-foot pavilion referred to as the "jewel box of the park", according to RAW Design, is also open.
The pavilion has blade-friendly rubberized surfaces, washrooms, a warm-up area for skaters and also houses a Zamboni.
This project has been in the works for years and the public space tucked between the College Park shopping mall and skyscrapers has been closed since early 2016.
After a change in design plans and years of construction, the space has finally reopened and the skating trail, which is artificially cooled, is icy and ready for Toronto's winter lovers.
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The trail's opening featured fire pits, interactive ice sculptures, performances, maple taffy and, of course, skating.*
The trail is named after Canadian figure skater Barabara Ann Scott.
The star won gold at the 1948 Olympics along with multiple other gold medal wins world, European and North American championships.
When Barbara Ann Scott Park was first built in the 1980s, it was home to a skating rink with the same name, but it closed in 2011 over budget problems and never reopened.
In the summer the trail turns into a walking trail but for now, it's a beautiful skating trail.
Since the trail is artificially cooled, you don't have to worry about only being able to skate when it's super cold outside.
So grab a warm drink, get your skates and start gliding along the ice at the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail.
*This story has been updated.