The Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre in Etobicoke and Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre in North York will stay open, at least for another season, if the Toronto city council heeds advice from an executive committee to restore nearly $600,000 in funding to the public ski areas.
The ski hills made headlines earlier this year when the city attempted to privatize them. After failing to find a bid from a private investor, it looked as if the hills were facing closure. However, on Monday an executive committee voted to reverse course and provide the needed funding to keep the two ski areas open.
Councilor Janet Davis had this to say, “Should we only allow skiing and snowboarding for rich kids? Absolutely not.”
The ski areas are easily accessible from the city and offer low cost options for riding. They represent an opportunity for local youths to become involved in and excited about snow sports. Surely local skiers and snowboarders will be pleased with the decision.