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Great Skate #47: The Bentway Skate Trail, Toronto

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This marks the eighth (!?!) year of my Great Skate Project. While I may not be able to get to a new rink every weekend this winter, I’ll try my best to skate somewhere at least once a week, and write here about the rinks I visit for the first time.

My friend Carrie joined me for Great Skate #47 on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Carrie hadn’t been skating in a few years. I wanted her to enjoy getting back on the ice again, so we visited a rink in Toronto that is known for its amenities: The Bentway Skate Trail.

The Bentway Skate Trail opened in January 2018. It’s part of a larger public space under the Gardiner Expressway, next to historic Fort York in the west end of Toronto. Along with wintertime skating, it has art installations, music performances and other special events throughout the year. The Bentway was created by “the collaboration of a range of city-builders and experts” and it’s a neat example how private philanthropy can intersect with urban planning.

The skate trail itself i…