I know they're doing this thing in phases, but based on the latest pics, this is really looking to me like more or less just some combination of Underpass Park, June Callwood park, and whatever this place is called, but with a short skating trail.
They're going to need to program the shit out of this thing to make it fulfill the sizable expectations surrounding it.
Today's email touting opening day celebrations tomorrow. Mayor will be there; I hope attendees give him the **cking business about austerity-ing his way towards ensuring vulnerable people die because of his heel dragging.
The Bentway Skate Trail Opening:
January 6, 2018
The wait is over. The Bentway Skate Trail opens this Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11 AM. Come join us opening weekend as we launch our skate trail and our Winter Season – January 6 to mid-March (weather permitting).
* Scheduled times are guidelines and are subject to change.
Highlights for Saturday, January 6, 2018
SingingOUT (12:30 – 12:45 PM)
T.Dot BANGERZ Brass (2:40 – 2:55 PM)
Carmen Braden (3:00 – 3:20 PM, 6:05 – 6:25 PM)
Charmie Deller (5:40 – 6 PM)
Fawn Big Canoe (11:16 AM – 12:16 PM)
Dirty Dale (1:00 – 2:40 PM)
DJ Steph Honey (3:25 – 5 PM)
DJ Shub (7:00 – 8:25 PM)
Skratch Bastid (8:25 – 9:30 PM)
Nino Brown (9:30 – 11 PM)
Meet & Greet with Olympic Canadian skaters Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch (11:20 AM – 1:20 PM)
Ice Breaking Demonstrations by the Toronto Ice Skate Group
(12:55 – 1:00 PM, 5:15 – 5:20 PM)
Highlights for Sunday, January 7, 2018
Mayor's Skate Party (1 – 4 PM): Free hot chocolate, skate rentals and family-friendly music by UforChange DJs Trevoy Williams (DJORK) and Michelle Lima (DJ Money Jane)
Official remarks by Mayor John Tory (1:30 PM)
Ongoing Weekend Opportunities
Strongbow Lounge: Licensed bar serving up Molson-Coors products (Saturday: 5 – 11 PM, Sunday: 5 – 9 PM)
Pop-up ice houses with family friendly activities
Pop-up curling with Rock Solid Productions
Public art exhibitionConstructions of the Everyday with Janice Qimirpik, Moe Kelly, Embassy of Imagination and PA System, Jimmy Limit, Janine Miedzik, Public Visualization Studio and Jennifer Ilett.
Free admission to Fort York National Historic Site with countless events including a historic selfie booth and free lantern tours on Saturday night
Ongoing Winter Programming
Free Monday Night Skate Rentals: Provided by Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (6 – 9 PM)
Beats and Bents: Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs starting Friday, January 12
Turn it Out: Friday drop-in DJ and Ice Breaking Workshops with UforChange and the Toronto Ice Skate Group starting January 12 on a bi-weekly basis
Curated Food Truck Program: Serving hot food, warm and cold drinks, and decadent desserts
HOURS OF OPERATION
Skate rentals available throughout the season
The Bentway Skate Trail Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Skate Rentals Available
Monday – Thursday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Friday: 4 PM – 11 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM
The Bentway Skate Trail is located under the Gardiner Expressway right beside the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) between Strachan Ave. and Bathurst St. It is 220m and stretches from just east of the Visitor Centre to Bastion St.
1. 511 Bathurst at Fort York Blvd
2. 509 Harbourfront at Fleet St
3. 121 Fort York-Esplanade at Gzowski Blvd (westbound) or Bastion St (eastbound)
The Bentway’s 2018 Winter Season is supported by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport), Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Strongbow, and Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.
Special thanks to 102.1 the Edge, the Ontario Tire Stewardship, Giant Containers, and Style Garage.
Somebody needs to take a look at the bents beside the trail, with safety in mind. Based on what I have seen in posts here, a trip, a fall, a collision, could send somebody flying into the unyielding concrete with disastrous results. How about foam cushions or some such at ground level?