Dust off those old quad skates hidden deep in storage – outdoor roller skating is back! Rolling around in vintage roller skates and in-line skates is a popular recreational activity in summer, whether you’re a newbie or want to show off your old-school moves to your kids. Check out our list of the best spots to participate in this resurgent craze in Toronto.
The City of Toronto is joining the fun by opening some of their outdoor rinks for skaters’ exclusive use. The participating outdoor locations are listed on their website under skateboarding and biking parks (see our list here for more information on those activities), with background music and themed sessions.
Participants must bring their own equipment. This includes roller skates or in-line skates, wrist guards and knee pads (not required but strongly recommended), and CSA-approved helmets that cover the back and sides of the head are required for children aged six and under.
East York Memorial Arena — 888 Cosburn Avenue, Toronto
Lambton Arena — 4100 Dundas St. West, Toronto
John Booth Memorial Arena — 230 Gosford Blvd, Etobicoke
Grandravine Community Recreation Centre — 23 Grandravine Dr., North York
McGregor Park Community Centre — 2231 Lawrence Ave., Scarborough
High Park — 1873 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Jimmie Simpson Park — 870 Queen St. East, Toronto
Irving W. Chapley Community Centre — 205 Wilmington Ave., North York
McCowan District Park – 150 McCowan Road, Scarborough
West Mall Rink — 370 The West Mall, Etobicoke
You can also use your roller blades and skates during the road closures via the ActiveTO program that continues throughout the summer if you’d rather hit the roads instead of rinks.
Informal Meet-ups Around Town
Other outdoor rinks, parks and pathways, and skateparks have become informal meeting places, with DJs and dance parties on weekends. Everyone is welcome to join or watch the festivities. Note: There is no monitoring for safety or social distancing in these areas. You can join a social media group such as Roller Skate Toronto on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.
Alexandra Park – 275 Bathurst Street, Toronto
The Bentway – 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto – Rentals by SUSO Skate Co. (formerly Retro Rolla)
College Park – 420 Yonge Street, Toronto
Colonel Samuel Smith Park – 3145 Lake Shore Boulevard, Etobicoke
Greenwood Park – 150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Kew Gardens – 2075 Queen St. East, Toronto
Leaside Spur Trail – East of Leslie Street between York Mills and Eglinton Ave. East, Don Mills/North York
Martin Goodman Trail – Waterfront from Humber Bridge to Balmy Beach, Toronto
Underpass Park – 29 Lower River Street, Toronto
Wallace Emerson Park – 1260 Dufferin Street, Toronto
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