TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30
Toronto-Danforth), City of Toronto staff and community members today
celebrated the opening of two new rinks at Greenwood Park. The occasion
featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a hockey-skills competition for
kids and the rinks' first skate. PACHI, the official mascot of the
TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, entertained the participants
and encouraged the children to keep active in sports.
"This fantastic new rink and skating path are landmark additions to the
City of Toronto, and a stunning new showpiece in the Greenwood
community," said Councillor Fletcher. "Parents, kids, skaters, hockey
players and the entire community are absolutely thrilled. I want to
extend my thanks and congratulations to all of the staff who worked so
hard to make this happen - it will be enjoyed for years to come."
The outdoor hockey rink is covered - the first of its kind in Toronto.
The roof increases skating opportunities during the winter season, and
in warmer weather it will provide great opportunities for activities
like basketball. The second rink is a 215-metre-long, landscaped
leisure skating path next to the hockey rink.
The rink and pool facilities have been renovated and improved, including
a new family change room and accessible shower and change areas.
The City invested $700,000 in the building's interior renovations and
about $3.4 million for the design and installation of the artificial
ice rink and the roof construction. Included in the total for the ice
rink and roof expenditure is $300,000 donated by Maple Leaf Sports and
Entertainment Limited, which also provided an in-kind donation of
In addition to the skating rinks and the change facilities, the City
improved Greenwood Park's community garden - with fencing, water access
and cedar planters, splash pad, baseball diamond (new backstop) and
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SOURCE: City of Toronto
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