Opened: Nov.23, 2013
Scheduled closing: March 16, 2014
Rink change area: There is a brand new change area, with a new snack bar too, just starting up.
Staff: One to three rink guards at a time, plus a zamboni operator always on site.
Maintenance: The rink has its own Zamboni, own operator on two shifts. Very well maintained. However, during large events in the Square, the ice isn't cleaned because it's too hard to get the large crowd of skaters off the ice. 14 shifts a week.
Free shinny-hockey and pleasure-skating hours:
Free pleasure-skating: From first light until 10 pm, seven days a week. This rink is generally quite crowded. Sometimes you can see excellent skaters there.
Free shinny hockey: Officially: No shinny, only pleasure skating. But it's known all over the city that after the rink guards leave at night (usually 10 pm), shinny hockey often breaks out on the rink -- a very good game, lit by the hotel windows across the street. The game doesn't usually go later than 1.30 am because by then too many lights are out at the Sheraton Hotel and skaters can't see the puck.
Comments about this rink: e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the skating schedule, go to City Hall, then click on Skating.
I am going to be skating at Nathan Phillips Square, and wondered whether there are lockers we can rent to hold our purses/phones/other valuables?
Hello - there are lockers, it seems. See here: http://www.cityrinks.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=CityHallRink.FrontPage#Diaries If you get a chance to let us know if they are accessible and what your experience was like - please do.
Thanks for this information. I went skating and it was terrific – good skates, plenty of lockers, and lots of fun!
Your website says that the nathan phillips square rink closes for the season on March 10 but according to the city of Toronto it closes on the 15th. Normally that difference of 5 days wouldn't matter but it happens to cover March break so visitors to the city might want to know that the rink is actually opened. Your site is the one that comes up first when I google Nathan Phillips Square skating so I imagine that is true for other tourists too.
Response from cityrinks:
Thanks for pointing that out. Cityrinks.ca actually has individual pages for 56 compressor-cooled rinks plus 18 natural ice rinks. On the home page we wrote March 15, but I'll change the sub-page too.
If you look at the home page you'll see that we're the unofficial website, i.e. we're not a municipal site, we're outdoor-rink enthusiasts who want the rinks to work well. Outdoor rinks don't work at all well in March, the sun is too high already and has too much power: http://cityrinks.ca/wiki/wiki.php?n=HowToFixIt.OutdoorRinksAndWeather. Compressors are strong but the March sun is stronger :-)
Note today's "latest news" on our home page -- if the sun keeps shining during most of the day, the rinks will start to be mush by 1 pm, and will be mostly unskateable by 3. Some ice surfaces may come back for an hour or two by this evening, if they're not too rutted from people trying to skate on them.
So out-of-town visitors might want to leave their skates behind, no matter what the city's rink schedule says...
Total cost of City Hall Rink reno was increased by $750,000.00 net of all applicable taxes ($763,200.00 net of HST recoveries), revising the current contract value from $1,935,019.00 to $2,685,019.00 net of all applicable taxes.
See here for Contract award details.
posted January 07, 2009
We have gone to several disparate sources to arrive at an estimate of annual (seasonal) operating costs of Toronto's 49 outdoor rinks ("AIR's" - Artificial Ice Rinks).
Our best estimate of direct costs from these approaches is
Total direct cost estimate $3.2M (average about $65,000 per rink - 12 week season)