Not everything is cancelled in 2020. Evergreen Brickworks has confirmed that their magical skating rink will be opening up for the 2020-2021 winter season.
The outdoor skating rink weaves through snow-covered gardens under exposed beams from the roof of the old brick factory – truly the “most picturesque outdoor” ice skating experience.
The skating rink will be open every weekend from December to March, weather permitting.
This year, there are some new rules and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the resulting public health guidelines.
Admission is still free, but those who would like to get on the ice will be required to book a one-hour time slot online, ahead of time. The rink capacity will also be capped at 25 people per hour, to avoid overcrowding.
Skate rentals will also still be available, now with enhanced cleaning procedures.
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Skaters will be asked to enter through Building 14, and access to indoor space will be limited to washroom use only.
If you don’t know how to skate – don’t worry. There will be lessons available if you choose to sign up for them.
Registration for skating lessons is now open, so you can sign up for a session at your convenience. Lessons are available for all ages including adults, with varying skill levels.
You can choose from group lessons to one-on-one coaching – it’s up to you.
All lessons are offered in 4-week blocks, no matter the age of participants. Prices are based on the age group of the session.
Youth ages 6 to 12 can sign up for beginner and intermediate lessons, which cost $90 per block.
Adults, or those ages 16-years-old and older, can sign up for beginner lessons, which cost $100 per block.
Parent and tot classes are also available, for kids ages 4 to 6-years-old, and their parents. Those learning to skate for the first time can sign up for the session, which costs $60 per block.
One-on-one lessons with Evergreen’s skilled coaches are available as well and are offered to participants of any age. Those interested can sign up for two-week blocks, which cost $160 each.
If you’d like to sign up for public skating, or for skating lessons, you can do so here.