Occupying one block of the four-block Civic Esplanade that links City Hall to Riverside Drive, Charles J. Clark Square is named in honour of former lawyer Charles J. Clark, Q.C.
The square features an irregularly shaped skating rink, which transforms into a seasonal plaza with terraced seating. The built-in seating lines the east and west sides of the square. A trellis on the east side carries decorative and safety lighting. Two buildings at the north end of the square act as a gateway entrance. One provides a seasonal café and washrooms, while the other houses maintenance equipment. The rink opened December 2001.
As announced on June 13, 2022, the Charles Clark Square ice rink has closed for good. After many years of providing outdoor skating enjoyment, the ice-making equipment has given all it can. There is good news though: administration is working toward a new ice skating surface as part of the new City Hall Square and Civic Esplanade project with a planned opening of December 2023.