Thousands of parents spent Wednesday morning refreshing webpages and standing in long lines trying to register their kids in city-run spring recreation programs and summer camps in Toronto-York and Toronto-East York.
Some parents were even spotted camping outside community centres in frigid temperatures to snag one of the limited spots, but 96 per cent opted for the online option.
City of Toronto spokesperson Brad Ross said over 50,000 online registrations were processed in the first hour alone Wednesday morning.
The City processed 50,633 recreation registrations in the first hour this morning. That’s 47.7% more than was processed at the same time last year. 96% of those registrations were processed online, with just over 2,000 processed on the phone or in person.
— Brad Ross (@bradrossTO) March 6, 2019
If you weren’t able to secure a spot all hope isn’t lost. The city said spots do sometimes re-open and most programs have waiting lists.
Some expressed frustration online about the lengths necessary to secure a spot for their kids.
It's shameful that parents had to spend the night outside community centers, at -20 degrees, to get spaces in programs! Over 100,000 children turned back each year; unacceptable! Success is not on-line registration, success is no person turned back from recreation programs. None.
— G_Penalosa (@Penalosa_G) March 6, 2019
The city needs to add spaces. People shouldn’t have to wait in -21 degree weather to get a spot. Its pathetic.
— Debbie (@deb393) March 6, 2019
Sounds like the registration system works but again more spaces are needing to be created.
— LexAnder (@PurpleRaison) March 6, 2019