City offers Toronto residents leisure activities and camp programs for March break



    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
is helping residents to get out and be active by offering a wide range of
leisure activities and camps for children and families during March Break.
    "March Break is a wonderful opportunity for residents to participate in
the wide variety of recreation and leisure activities offered by the City of
Toronto," said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment
Committee. "I'm especially pleased that children and their families can enjoy
leisure skating and shinny hockey at any of the 17 outdoor artificial ice
rinks that will remain open across the city throughout March Break."

    Skating:

    Residents can enjoy leisure skating or shinny hockey at indoor arenas and
outdoor rinks. The following outdoor artificial ice rinks remain open until
March 18, weather permitting:
    City Hall - Nathan Phillips Square; Dufferin Grove; Harry Gairey;
Hodgson; Ramsden Park; Kew Gardens; Jimmie Simpson; Withrow Park; South
Regent; West Mall; Rennie Park; Giovanni Caboto; High Park; Sir Adam Beck;
Sunnydale; Mel Lastman Square; Albert Campbell.
    Residents can call 416-338-RINK (7465) or check their local rink or arena
for a schedule. A list of indoor arenas is available in the FUN Guide or on
the website. Leisure skate programs are free.

    March Break camps:

    March Break camps give children the opportunity to enjoy a number of
activities, including arts and crafts, sports, games and special events. Some
locations offer special interest camps designed to provide enhanced
programming for children in a specific sport or activity. Check the FUN Guide,
visit Toronto FUN Online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun, or call 416-338-0000
(touch tone) or 416-338-4FUN (4686) for more information. Pre-registration is
required.

    Swimming:

    Residents who prefer to be poolside during March Break can enjoy leisure
swimming at indoor pools across the city. A list of indoor pools and a
detailed March Break swim schedule is available on the Parks website, or
residents may call 416-338-POOL (7665) or contact their local pool. Leisure
swim programs are free.

    Skiing and snowboarding:

    The North York Ski Centre (4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park) and
the Centennial Park Snow Centre (256 Centennial Park Rd.) are operating ski
and snowboard programs for children and youth of all skill levels. Limited
space is available. Check the FUN Guide or visit Toronto FUN Online for
information about ski and snowboard camps. Pre-registration is required.
    Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can enjoy extra leisure skiing and purchase
a 'Double Up Days' pass (two hours for the price of one) during March Break.
Both locations have lots of snow, and anticipate being fully operational
throughout March Break. Due to March Break programs, limited equipment rentals
are available onsite. Information about skiing is available by calling 416-33
TO SKI (338-6754) and is also available on the website.

    Riverdale Farm:

    Tour Riverdale Farm's scenic 7.5 acres to see cows, horses, donkey,
sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and cats. Talk
with the farmer during daily chores at 10:30 a.m., including animal feedings,
egg collection and cow milking, goat milking and horse grooming. Visit the
Simpson House wood-fired brick oven in the mornings to watch volunteers
prepare and make baked goods. Enjoy homemade treats at the Farm Kitchen. Drop
in the Meeting House preschoolers' play room to enjoy books, puzzles and
games. Preparations are underway as staff get ready to welcome some new
additions. Nine sheep and two goats are all expecting twins between March 12
and March 30. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is
available on the web at www.toronto.ca/parks/riverdalefarm.htm or by calling
416-392-6794. Admission is free.

    Spring Flower Shows:

    The Spring Flower Shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory
(151 Elmcrest Rd.) and the Cool House at Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural
Ave.). Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

    Discovery Walks:

    Residents can explore their city on foot. The Discovery Walks program is
a series of 11 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and
neighbourhoods. Ranging from 1.5 to 11 kilometres, the walks are designed to
showcase Toronto's outstanding natural features, cultural and historical
attractions. Brochures and maps are available for pick up at civic centres or
on the website.

    Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation is responsible for the stewardship
of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,470 named parks. The division also
provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and
abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy
lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation
programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry and
Recreation in partnership with the community. For detailed information about
facility locations and March Break programming, visit www.toronto.ca/parks.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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