In addition to approximately 50 City arenas operated and managed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, eight arenas in Toronto are operated by volunteer Arena Boards of Management (Arena Boards).
The board-run arenas provide indoor ice sport facilities and other recreational spaces such as community rooms and banquet halls. Programs offered include hockey and figure skating and leisure skating. Some arenas also offer dry floor rentals (i.e., floor hockey) in the summer. These services are complemented by snack bars, pro-shops, and meeting rooms rentals at some locations.
The Arena Boards’ mandate includes:
- Ensuring the arena is safe, well-maintained and accessible for use by the local community, neighbourhood organizations and others
- Allocating the use of the arena facility in a way that balances the needs of the local community residents and organizations and user groups
- Allocating ice-time to users in consultation with the General Manager of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Division
Read the Arena Boards’ 2019 Budget for detailed budget information on Arena Boards’ service activities.
Arena Boards were established between the 1950s to 1970s by former Toronto City Council and the former Borough of East York Council as a means to engage local communities in decision-making for managing these facilities. Arena Boards are continued as City boards under the City of Toronto Act, 2006.
The mandates and governance structures for Arena Boards are set out in Former City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Community and Recreation Centres. A Council-approved Relationship Framework further defines the relationship between the City and the Arena Boards and sets out Council’s delegation of authority, expectations and requirements.
The membership of Arena Boards varies in size and composition but they all include:
- Public members appointed by City Council through the City’s Public Appointments process
- One or more City Councillors including the Councillor for the Ward in which an arena is located
- City staff or City agency staff (e.g., Parks Forestry and Recreation Division, Toronto Police Service) as non-voting members
Some Arena Boards have representatives from other organizations as non-voting members. Each Board elects a Chair and may elect a Vice-Chair from among its voting members.
Public Appointments and Arena Contacts
Public Appointments provides information on the membership of each Arena Board and opportunities to serve on a board. Contact information for each arena is also provided in the table below.
|Arena Board of Management – Public Appointments||Arena Contact Information|
|George Bell Arena||
215 Ryding Ave, Toronto, ON M6N 1H6
Telephone: 416-392-0377, Fax: 416-392-1429
Website: George Bell Arena
|Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena||
340 Chaplin Cres., Toronto, ON M5N 2N3
|Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena||
1073 Millwood Rd, Toronto, ON M4G 1X6
Telephone: 416-421-4944, Fax: 416-421-1925
Website: Leaside Community Gardens Arena
|McCormick Playground Arena||
179 Brock Ave., Toronto, ON M6K 2L7
Telephone: 416-392-0647, Fax: 416-392-1395
Website: McCormick Arena
|Moss Park Arena||
140 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON M5A 2R6
Telephone: 416-392-1060, Fax: 416-392-1061
Website: Moss Park Arena
|North Toronto Memorial Arena||
174 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto, ON M4R 1C3
Telephone: 416-485-0301, Fax: 416-485-0302
Website: North Toronto Arena
|Ted Reeve Community Arena||
175 Main St., Toronto, ON M4E 2W2
Telephone: 416-694-6893, Fax: 416-694-0322
Website: Ted Reeve Community Arena
|William H. Bolton Arena||
40 Rossmore Rd., Toronto, ON M6G 2M7
Telephone: 416-392-0088, Fax: 416-392-1047
Website: Bill Bolton Arena
Key Council Decisions
- City Council approved CC1.1:Recalibrating City Council’s Governance System for 26 Members (December 2018)
- City Council approved MM44.27: Reviewing Our Inventory of Arenas (July 2018)
Search for other City Council decisions about Arena Boards.