Dust off those old quad skates hidden deep in storage – roller skating is back! Rolling around in vintage roller skates and in-line skates is the hip recreational activity this 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.
City of Toronto Recreational Program
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.
A maximum of 50 people are allowed for 45 minutes per session to ensure COVID-19 physical distancing requirements are met. Wearing a mask or face covering is required while waiting in line and in indoor public spaces, including washrooms.
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.
Locations (Click on the link for schedules):
Broadlands Community Centre – 19 Castlegrove Boulevard (North York)
Centennial Recreation Centre – 1967 Ellesmere Road (Scarborough)
Dieppe Park – 455 Cosburn Avenue (East York)
Don Montgomery Community Centre – 2467 Eglinton Avenue East (Scarborough)
Irving W Chapley Community Centre – 205 Wilmington Avenue (North York)
McCowan District Park – 150 McCowan Road (Scarborough)
Monarch Park – 115 Felstead Avenue (East End)
Rennie Park – 1 Rennie Terrace (West End)
Riverdale Park East – 550 Broadview Avenue (East End)
Trinity Bellwoods Park – 790 Queen Street West (West End)
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, but be aware that these areas are not monitored for safety or social distancing. 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 (West End)
The Bentway – 250 Fort York Boulevard (West End) – Skate rental available through seasonal pop-up Retro Rolla
College Park – 420 Yonge Street (Downtown)
Colonel Samuel Smith Park – 3145 Lake Shore Boulevard (Etobicoke)
Greenwood Park – 150 Greenwood Avenue (East End)
Kew Gardens – 2075 Queen Street East (East End)
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
Underpass Park – 29 Lower River Street (Downtown)
Wallace Emerson Park – 1260 Dufferin Street (West End)
Looking for more outdoor summer activities? Click here for more!