The City of Toronto in partnership with national charity Evergreen and Montreal-based place-making firm La Pépinière invites communities to reimagine their local parks and public spaces. Place-making refers to a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.
Starting February 9, a series of place-making pilots will launch across the city. The initiative, made possible with the financial support of the Bombardier Foundation, brings together community leaders, City staff, the public and experts in place-making to bring new life to some of Toronto’s parks and recreation facilities.
Rink Social, the first of the place-making pilots, will focus on Toronto’s outdoor ice rinks and transform four of these community facilities into hubs of free activity on and off the ice. The Rink Social pilot will be delivered in partnership with the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
Rink Social will take place in parks in different areas of the city for one weekend each, with enhanced outdoor community space featuring warming huts, skate lending, on- and off-ice winter play, crafting and cozying up by the fire for a feast of family fun. Food and drink vendors will offer comfort and nourishment to brave the cold. Future projects in the place-making initiative will focus on other public spaces such as beaches and conservatories.
Who is it for?
WHEN & WHERE
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• February 9 to 10 – West Mall Outdoor Rink, 370 The West Mall
• February 16 to 18 (including Family Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) – Regent Park Athletic Grounds Rink, 480 Shuter St.
• Feb 23 to 24 – McCowan District Park Rink, 150 McCowan Rd.
• March 2 to 3 – Mel Lastman Square Rink, 5100 Yonge St.
Public transport accessible