Do you have extra skates or need skates? If so, check out our Skate Exchange program.
The Skate Exchange program can provide you, a friend, or family member with a free pair of skates in order to have fun and get active this winter.
What is the Skate Exchange?
The Skate Exchange is a successful community partner program established in 2002. Each year the public can drop off their gently-used skates at designated areas throughout the community. Skate Exchange Committee partners and volunteers redistribute the collected skates free of charge on specific skate exchange days to families, children, youth and community agencies. You do not have to donate a pair of skates in order to pick a pair up.
Where to pick up skates
Skate Exchange events
- Royal Canadian Legion, Lockerby Branch 564
(2200 Long Lake Rd., Sudbury)
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, Bell Park (900 Paris St., Sudbury)
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Ramsey Lake Canoe Club (506 Elizabeth St., Sudbury)
Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Skates are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sizes and quantities vary.
The Skate Exchange may be cancelled, with a minimum of twelve hours’ notice, if there is a severe winter storm, or if temperatures of -20oC or colder are forecasted for the day of the event. Cancellation information will be posted on the City of Greater Sudbury Facebook page as well as Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Facebook page and Twitter account.
For more information, call 705.522.9200, ext. 257.
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts (800 Centre St., Espanola)
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Township of Nairn & Hyman Outdoor Skating Rink
(64 McIntyre St, Nairn Centre)
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- St. Charles Arena (99 King St. E., St. Charles)
Monday to Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.
For more information, please call 705.867.2813 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Markstay-Warren Community Centre/Warren Arena (39 Lafontaine St., Warren)
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, please call 705.967.2912.
Where to donate skates
Donate skates at these participating locations.
Report: A Skate Exchange Story
In 2010, the Skate Exchange Committee created a report on the Skate Exchange Partnership Program. The report outlines the lessons learned by the Skate Exchange Committee throughout the years of organizing and delivering the Skate Exchange program. The report also includes the primary steps necessary in to successfully deliver a Skate Exchange program.
If you’re interested in starting a Skate Exchange program in your community, and would like more information or a copy of the report, please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200, ext. 257.
Proud Skate Exchange Committee partners:
- City of Greater Sudbury
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts
This item was last modified on February 14, 2020