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35 outdoor skating rinks set to close this weekend despite extreme cold

02/20/2015 08:38 EST | Updated 04/22/2015 05:59 EDT
The city is set to close 35 outdoor skating rinks this weekend, despite the bitterly cold temperatures that forecasters predict are here to say for at least several more weeks. 

Under normal circumstances, the city closes multiple rinks in late February, while select rinks remain open until March. 

Which rinks are closed early is based on how many people use them, whether a safe level of ice cover can be maintained and budgetary restrictions. 

Mayor John Tory is reaching out to the private sector "to see if we can get additional support to keep these rinks open through this cold snap," according to spokeswoman Amanda Galbraith. 

Last year, the city relied on donations from corporate sponsors to keep 11 additional rinks open over the March break. 

"The Mayor believes we should keep our outdoor rinks open so Toronto residents can enjoy this time honoured tradition," said Galbraith. 

Here is a list of rinks set to close on Feb. 22:

Alexandra Park/Harry Gairey
Buttonwood Park
Campbell Ave. Playground
Christie Pits
Giovanni Caboto
High Park
Humber Valley Rink
Jimmie Simpson Park
Joseph Bannon Park
Lambton-Kingsway Rink
Ledbury Park
Monarch Park
North Toronto Memorial CRC/Eglinton Park
Otter Creek Centre
Prince of Wales Rink
Queensway Rink
Ramsden Park
Regent Park (North)
Rivercrest Rink
Riverdale Park East
Rosedale Park
Royalcrest Rink
Ryerson Community Park
Sherbourne Common
Sir Adam Beck Rink
Summerlea Rink
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Valleyfield Park
Van Horne Park/Pleasantview Rink
Wallace Emerson Park
Wedgewood Park
West Deane Park/Martingrove
Westgrove Rink
Westway Outdoor Rink
Withrow Park

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