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The Bentway

Toronto - Thursday free skate rentals at The Bentway.

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Heads up for anyone wanting to go...make sure you go early!!! I went last week and it was packed at 5pm!! They were also already at capacity so even to enter with your own skates you had to line up and wait!
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Why is it with these City type events they have to make everything free. Nothing is free, they should always strive to make this stuff PWYC..."pay what you can" and those who can't afford but they want to try it, they definitely can.

This stuff costs money. Money which we absolutely do not an abundance of.

Edit: this "freebie" is courtesy of Billy Bishop Airport which I'm pretty sure gets some public money.
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gr8dlr wrote: Why is it with these City type events they have to make everything free. Nothing is free, they should always strive to make this stuff PWYC..."pay what you can" and those who can't afford but they want to try it, they definitely can.

This stuff costs money. Money which we absolutely do not an abundance of.

Edit: this "freebie" is courtesy of Billy Bishop Airport which I'm pretty sure gets some public money.
Recreational stuff should always be free/low barrier. Keeping people healthy and active is far cheaper than paying for medical costs later down the road.
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sprung wrote: Recreational stuff should always be free/low barrier. Keeping people healthy and active is far cheaper than paying for medical costs later down the road.
Just this past summer, there were multiple meeting/proposals by special interests groups and some city councillors to get rid of the municipal golf courses. All of the golf courses charge fees to play on and they generate quite a bit of money to fund things like the Bentway skating "rink". The "green fees" to play golf keep going up partially because they have to keep paying for everything else that's free.

...why isn't golf free/low barrier to keep ppl healthy and active? Why does the city lease out the public tennis courts to "clubs" for members to play on for fees. The public gets a few hours to use those courts per day.

There's no consistency.

All I'm saying is the notion of free doesn't sit well with me. PWYC is better. Those who can afford to wear $1000 Canada Goose jackets can afford to rent skates.
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gr8dlr wrote: Just this past summer, there were multiple meeting/proposals by special interests groups and some city councillors to get rid of the municipal golf courses. All of the golf courses charge fees to play on and they generate quite a bit of money to fund things like the Bentway skating "rink". The "green fees" to play golf keep going up partially because they have to keep paying for everything else that's free.
Toronto courses are not profitable. They are not funding anything.

"Including overhead expenses, the golf operations incur a net loss on an annual basis," the report notes. The losses are likely to continue in the years to come.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-c ... -1.3752392
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Binden wrote: Toronto courses are not profitable. They are not funding anything.

"Including overhead expenses, the golf operations incur a net loss on an annual basis," the report notes. The losses are likely to continue in the years to come.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-c ... -1.3752392
How much revenue does a park like High Park generate relative to the cost of maintaining it? What is the net loss of any park in the city for that matter?
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