With winter around the corner, the City of Toronto has launched a program to get residents outside during the colder months and amid the pandemic.
The City is still asking Torontonians to stay home as much as they can but understands that public health officials have encouraged residents to exercise outdoors either by themselves or with members of their household.
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“The City and its residents continue to adapt and respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor John Tory in a release.
“Torontonians made great use of the City’s parks and other recreational activities over the summer, and we expect that interest to continue through the winter. While the public health advice has been clear – people need to stay home wherever possible – we do want to encourage people to safely get fresh air and exercise to maintain both their physical and mental health.”
The plan outlines various outdoor activities that residents can take part in, in an effort to stay active throughout the winter.
Here’s everything you can do in Toronto this winter:
- Tobogganing at one of 23 toboggan hills across the city
- Walking or snowshoeing at one of the city’s five golf courses, with loops ranging from 1 kilometre to 2.5 kilometres
- Ice skating at one of the City’s 54 outdoor ice rinks
- Playing disc-golf at one of the city’s six locations
- Joining a walk Fit program,
- Visit High Park during its car-free weekends
- Explore one of 100 city parks that will have winter maintenance, including 60 with enhanced maintenance this year, including cleared parking lots and paved pathways
Outdoor ice rinks, set to open as early as this weekend, will have 25 participants allowed at a time. There will also be 13 rinks with extended times this season so that they can be open for 16 weeks.
You can make reservations for the rinks here.
Not only will these activities be open, but throughout the winter, the following parks and amenities will remain available to the public:
- More than 800 playgrounds
- 30 parks with outdoor fitness equipment
- Outdoor sports courts, including 57 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis
- 70 outdoor table tennis and 60 chess tables
- 68 dog off-leash areas
- The City will more than double its supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143 as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19
- The archery range in E.T. Seton Park
Much as the pandemic makes things different, we are committed to giving people more things to do outside safely with members of your household through our Welcome T.O. Winter plan.https://t.co/uz6dUGQlXq pic.twitter.com/MDN3Fpxd55
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 25, 2020
The City will also be continuing to offer its Stay, Play and Learn at Home programming, which includes an online list of free recreational and fitness programs, fun virtual activities, and learning and leisure activities for people looking for ways to stay active and engaged while staying at home.