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Bentway Rink Profile

Here is a Toronto Star article about the Bentway skating trail

Rink change area: pending

Staff: pending

Maintenance: pending

No ice -- scheduled to open January 6, 2018


Comments about this rink: e-mail us at [email protected].

 

Rink Diary

2017 - 2018

Dec.7, 2017

City Council has approved $500,000 to go to the Bentway, to expand the skating trail.

Nov.27, 2017

The rink area is swarming with workers. Compare with Riverdale Rink, which looks almost done and yet the website postpones its opening date until January -- and like many city construction sites, seems to have a dearth of workers onsite. The workers at the Bentway seem enthusiastic, too -- "we'll get it open by Christmas!"


fresh cement still tarped against wintry weather

new cement fill-ins all over the place
 
Nov.20, 2017

A Cimco truck -- the refrigeration company

evergreen trees have been added to the trail
 

Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
Nov.18, 2017, email to [email protected]:

Will you have skates for rent? We assume yes. In case this is of interest, CELOS has a 110-pair travelling skate collection that we now want to donate to an outdoor rink. The city's recreation division says they don't want to do any more skate rental (Metro News story this morning). If you can use them (many of the skates, donated by the NHL Players' Association, are almost new), let us know.

Nov.20, 2017, response from Lara of "the Bentway team":

At present, The Bentway is not in a position to secure our own skate collection....

In the next couple of weeks we will send out an official announcement about winter season, including opening celebrations, hours of operation and on-going programming. We’ll be sure to send this on so that you can update the cityrinks.ca website as needed. You can reach out to Kasia at [email protected] for more information.

 

Nov.13, 2017

The construction scene was very active, and it looks like the trail is in good shape. The worker I talked to seemed proud, and said the pipes are in, the concrete is poured, the compressors are ready to fire up, and he heard they're trying to open by New Year's day.


trail near the front, compressor room in the background

will it be strange to skate under a highway?

The Urbantoronto.ca blog about the rink is here, with some good, clear pictures.

Views of the rink

Bentway Rink

a rink in the round


rink on a Saturday night

Notes

This rink is a hidden jewel!

It's a beautifully designed, sunken rink in the round just off Yonge Street, behind offices and shopping, with landscaping around it. One of the last rinks to be built during the tenure of visionary Parks Commissioner Herb Pirk, this rink was mothballed all winter in 2002 because of a minor problem in the cooling system. Nobody complained! Very few people use the rink despite its proximity to Ryerson University and some major hotels. It's an orphan, waiting for adoption.

Rink Diary

2017 - 2018

Dec.7, 2017

City Council has approved $500,000 to go to the Bentway, to expand the skating trail.

Nov.27, 2017

The rink area is swarming with workers. Compare with Riverdale Rink, which looks almost done and yet the website postpones its opening date until January -- and like many city construction sites, seems to have a dearth of workers onsite. The workers at the Bentway seem enthusiastic, too -- "we'll get it open by Christmas!"


fresh cement still tarped against wintry weather

new cement fill-ins all over the place
 
Nov.20, 2017

A Cimco truck -- the refrigeration company

evergreen trees have been added to the trail
 

Loaner skates at Wallace Rink, 2014
Nov.18, 2017, email to [email protected]:

Will you have skates for rent? We assume yes. In case this is of interest, CELOS has a 110-pair travelling skate collection that we now want to donate to an outdoor rink. The city's recreation division says they don't want to do any more skate rental (Metro News story this morning). If you can use them (many of the skates, donated by the NHL Players' Association, are almost new), let us know.

Nov.20, 2017, response from Lara of "the Bentway team":

At present, The Bentway is not in a position to secure our own skate collection....

In the next couple of weeks we will send out an official announcement about winter season, including opening celebrations, hours of operation and on-going programming. We’ll be sure to send this on so that you can update the cityrinks.ca website as needed. You can reach out to Kasia at [email protected] for more information.

 

Nov.13, 2017

The construction scene was very active, and it looks like the trail is in good shape. The worker I talked to seemed proud, and said the pipes are in, the concrete is poured, the compressors are ready to fire up, and he heard they're trying to open by New Year's day.


trail near the front, compressor room in the background

will it be strange to skate under a highway?

The Urbantoronto.ca blog about the rink is here, with some good, clear pictures.

See also: Editor's and rink users' blog

 

 

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