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posted on January 24, 2011

Skate Across Toronto: Samuel Smith Park — Toronto’s wonderful new skating trail

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: December 18, 2010
Source: The National Post

"This snapshot of Samuel Smith Park’s new ice trail is the first in an occasional series on the best places to lace up in Toronto.

Eleanor and Peter Heinz drove Friday from their home near Yonge Street and Highway 401 to Etobicoke, to skate the new ice trail in Samuel Smith Park. Being thrifty, after entering the park at Kipling Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, the couple drove past Green ‘P’, where parking costs $2 per hour, and found a spacious lot about 100 metres closer to Lake Ontario, where parking is free.

I met the couple as we laced up in the spectacular Power House Recreation Centre. This red brick building from 1888 served for a century as the coal-fired heating plant that, via underground tunnels, piped warmth to the adjacent Lunatic Asylum. The asylum now houses Humber College. Its power house, lovingly restored with its 60-metre brick smokestack intact, 10-metre cathedral ceilings, three-storey windows and pine benches, is today the city’s most spectacular skate house."

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